Merritt, Giles - from France
Country of meeting: in the year 2018
Is the Founder and Secretary General of Friends of Europe, the Brussels-based think tank that focuses on high-level EU policy proposals. It is the most innovative think tank in Brussels in its efforts to reach public opinion around Europe, and brings EU-related issues to as broad an audience as possible. Mr Merritt is a journalist, author and broadcaster, specialised in the study and analysis of European public policy issues since 1978.
Mr Merritt is also the Editor of the policy journal, Europe’s World. Published three times a year, it is the only pan-European publication that offers policymakers and opinion-formers across Europe a platform for presenting ideas and forging consensus on key issues. It reflects the diversity of national policy debates in EU states, with particular attention to newcomers and candidate countries. Mr Merritt is also the Founder and Director of the Security & Defence Agenda, Brussels’ only regular platform for debating the world’s defence and security challenges.
Mr Merritt began his journalistic career in 1968, when he joined the Financial Times. From 1972 he was successively correspondent in Paris, Dublin, Belfast, and Brussels, until leaving the newspaper in 1983. Since 1984 Mr Merritt has been a columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and his articles range widely across EU political and economic issues. As one of the most influential commentators in Brussels on EU issues, he is a pioneer of the public policy debate on Europe’s future, both as a journalist and think-tanker.
Activities in the Orangization:
Team, Founder & Chairman