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Giovanni Grevi
Giovanni Grevi
Head of Europe in the World programme and Senior Fellow
Tel:  +32 (0)2 235.08.88

Giovanni Grevi has been working and publishing extensively on EU foreign and security policy, strategic affairs, global governance, foresight and EU politics.

Before joining the European Policy Centre (EPC) in June 2016, he was the director of the Foundation for International Relations and External Dialogue (FRIDE), where he also worked as head of the Brussels office and senior researcher between 2010 and 2012. Previously, he served as a senior research fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) from 2005 to 2010. Prior to that, Giovanni worked at the EPC as a policy analyst (1999-2002) and as associate director of studies (2002-2005).

Giovanni’s experience includes innovative research projects and publications such as ‘The New Global Puzzle: What World for the EU in 2025’ on the long-term trends shaping the global context of European integration (co-directed with N. Gnesotto, 2006); ‘European Security and Defence policy – The First Ten Years’ on the experience and lessons of CSDP missions (co-edited with D. Helly and D. Keohane, 2009); ‘The Interpolar World: A New Scenario’ on the intersection between multipolarity and interdependence (2009); ‘Global Governance 2025: At a Critical Juncture’ on prospects for international cooperation (EUISS-NIC, 2010); ‘The European Strategic Partnerships Observatory’ on the relations of the EU with major global and regional actors (FRIDE-Egmont Institute, 2012-15); and ‘Empowering Europe’s Future: Governance, Power and Options for the EU in a Changing World’ (co-authored with D. Keohane, B. Lee and P. Lewis, 2013). He also co-edited with D. Keohane FRIDE’s annual books on ‘Challenges for European Foreign Policy’ dealing with renewing EU’s external action (2013), the EU’s extended neighbourhood (2014) and how key powers deal with instability and disorder (2015).

He is currently focusing on the role of Europe in a changing international environment, the evolution of the European diplomatic system and US foreign policy. Giovanni holds an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Giovanni teaches European foreign policy and international relations at the College of Europe, Bruges, and at Sciences Po, Paris.

Area of expertise

European foreign and security policy, strategic trends and the international order, transatlantic relations and global governance


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Strategic autonomy for European choices: The key to Europe's shaping power
19 July 2019

Strategic autonomy is about the future of European integration

Yes, we should!
18 April 2019

Chapter 1

Rules first: The way forward for ‘shaping power’ Europe
17 April 2019

Chapter 11

Shaping power: A strategic imperative for Europe
22 February 2019

Rules first 

Trump's America: the ordinary superpower
13 June 2017

Trump’s foreign policy is the next stage of a deeper structural shift of the global role of the US.

Lost in transition? US foreign policy from Obama to Trump
2 December 2016

President Trump’s foreign policy agenda – it will not be business as usual

The insurgency takes Washington
9 November 2016

Giovanni Grevi discusses the outcome of the US elections, and what a Trump presidency might mean for Europe and the international world order

A Global Strategy for a soul-searching European Union
13 July 2016

Providing strategic coordinates for European foreign policy in the midst of political turmoil

Europe: a question of survival
27 June 2016

Europe after the Brexit vote

The EU Foreign Service: how to build a more effective common policy
22 November 2007

This Working Paper analyses the key questions which need to be addressed and offers some ideas aimed at framing the debate.

Ratify the Constitution - Strengthen EU Democracy
27 April 2005

This Issue Paper examines the underlying malaise displayed by sections of public opinion towards the European Union in some current Constitutional Treaty referendum campaigns

The Barroso Commission - Unfinished Business?
27 October 2004

Following the decision by Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso to withdraw his designated College of Commissioners from a vote in the European Parliament, John Palmer and Giovanni Grevi examine the impact of this decision and lay out the policy priorities for the new EU-Commission. This Issue Paper follows the publication of reports on all 25 hearings of Commissioner Designates.

Light and Shade of a quasi-Constitution
23 June 2004

In this Issue Paper, Giovanni Grevi scrutinises the final Constitutional Treaty by comparing it to the Convention's draft.

Integrating Europe: Multiple Speeds - One Direction?
8 April 2004

Population and Votes in the Council of Ministers: Squaring the Circle
15 January 2004

Since the failure of the December Brussels Summit to agree on the shape of Europe's new Constitution, voting systems in the Council of Ministers have become a renewed area of debate. Dan S. Felsenthal and Moshé Machover decipher the mathematics behind the arguments.

Integration and Enlargement
21 October 2003

Notre Europe and the EPC have joined forces in this Working Paper to map out opportunities and constraints on the path from the constitutional Convention towards further political integration, and outline a project for a larger Europe.

The Draft Constitutional Treaty - An Assessment
3 July 2003

On the eve of the final plenary session of the Convention on the Future of Europe the EPC Convention Team gives the draft Treaty a close reading and offers a critical assessment and inclusive analysis of the provisions on institutional reform, instruments and procedures, QMV, JHA, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, External Affairs and Economic Affairs in this Issue Paper.

Time for a government of the Union
14 April 2003

As the climax to the debate about the future of EU institutions approaches, Giovanni Grevi argues that an agreement on the controversial question of the role of the presidencies depends on what responsibilities should be attributed to the key institutions. Only in this way the Convention will be able to build a cohesive framework for the government of the Union.