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Friends of Europe is Brussels’ most innovative think-tank, and for two decades has been showcasing new ideas on Europe’s future while challenging outdated ones.
Our distinctive style of lively, confrontational debates is a hallmark of the EU policymaking scene. So too are our in-depth reports and studies, many of them written by top journalists to ensure impartiality and readability.
We have expertise in the full spectrum of issues now shaping the EU of tomorrow. From industrial policies to health and the environment, and from defence and security to Europe’s relationships with Asia, Africa and the US, Friends of Europe is Brussels’ ‘Go To’ think tank and event host.
We are proud of our track record as a technology trailblazer harnessing advanced communications to take EU issue beyond the “Brussels Bubble”. We championed pan-European video debates, and our ‘Debating Europe’ online discussions have attracted over four million participants.
Friends of Europe was founded in 1999 by its Chairman Giles Merritt, an influential EU commentator and former Brussels correspondent of the Financial Times, and Geert Cami, the Secretary General.