Languages: Polish, English
Areas of Expertise: Polish politics
Konstanty Gebert is an associate policy fellow at ECFR.
He is an international reporter and columnist for Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s biggest daily. He is the founder of the Polish Jewish intellectual monthly Midrasz. He is a board member for the Taube Centre for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland and for the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He has taught in Poland, Israel, and the United States.
Konstanty was a democratic opposition activist in the 1970s, when he was also an organiser of the Jewish Flying University, an underground group that met in secret to study and discuss Judaism and Jewish culture. The university was disbanded after martial law was declared in 1981 and Konstanty spent the subsequent decade working as an underground journalist.
He has written more than ten books, on subjects such as the Polish democratic transformation, French policy toward Poland, the Yugoslav wars, the wars of Israel, Torah commentary, and post-war Polish Jewry.
His essays have appeared in two dozen collections both in Poland and abroad, and his articles have been published by newspapers around the world.
Konstanty Gebert - 15 January 2013
Sanctions are the EU's sole coercive instrument of power short of military action (Brussels, mercifully, does not engage in warfare). The EU needs to understand their impact so that it can use them more effectively.
Germany and Poland have become close political allies. The future of the European Union may be decided in Berlin and Warsaw. But has Poland replaced France as Germany's most trusted European partner?
How does the EU summit look from Berlin, Madrid, Rome and Warsaw, and what are the expectations? Four of ECFR's experts tell us how they see the gathering of EU leaders and whether anybody should be optimistic about the outcome.
Konstanty Gebert - 07 February 2012
As part of the ‘Reinvention of Europe’ project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states about the crisis and the future direction of Europe. The first paper in the series examines the Polish situation.
Konstanty Gebert - 14 September 2011
Europeans have much to gain from unity during any vote at the United Nations supporting Palestinian statehood. However the best response to a complex situation is to abstain. A response to ECFR's recent memo in favour of a 'yes' vote.