Languages: Polish, German, English
Areas of Expertise: Germany's EU and foreign policy; Poland in the EU; EU politics
Piotr Buras is the head of the Warsaw office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His topics of focus include Germany's EU and foreign policy, Poland in the EU, and EU politics.
Buras is a journalist, author and expert on German and European politics. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked as a columnist and Berlin correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, the biggest Polish daily newspaper. He started his professional career in the late 1990s at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, one of the first Polish think-tanks. He continued his career at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). He was also a visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. His recent book Moslems and the Other Germans. The Reinvention of the Berlin Republic was published in Polish in 2011.
16 June, 2014
Russian actions and Western responses to them could accelerate the unwinding of the current international order
Piotr Buras - 3 June, 2014
Der Ukraine Konflikt als Herausforderung für die polnisch-deutschen Beziehungen?
Below the superficial unity in response to the Ukraine crisis, member states are dividing into clusters, each with its own view on Russia.
Piotr Buras - 9 September, 2013
The eurozone crisis has redrawn the institutional structure of the EU and intergovernmentalism has become a default mechanism to solve problems in an emergency - but that risks backfiring by exacerbating the democratic deficit and crumbling EU unity.
by Piotr Buras - 07th September, 2017
If Poland continues to drift away from the EU it will not only diminish its own influence, but also undermine the EU’s internal cohesion.
15 May, 2020
Emotions are an increasingly important part of contemporary politics. Strategies based on fear, nostalgia or hope are used by political leaders all over Europe to mobilize populations. Sociologist Karolina Wigura explored the role of emotions in times of corona in the latest…
Host Mark Leonard has an intimate discussion with our heads of offices from Sofia and Warsaw, Vessela Tcherneva and Piotr Buras about their experiences, hopes and dreams during the transition times of the 1990s. How did their life and future change the minute the Berlin Wall…
11 September, 2019
Mark Leonard is meeting his ECFR colleagues, Tara Varma, Piotr Buras and Teresa Coratello in Berlin to go through the newly selected EU Commission. What have been surprises, disappointments and challenges in von der Leyen's new cabinet? And what role did geopolitics play…
13 July, 2018
Jeremy Shapiro covers for Mark Leonard and speaks with Ulrike Franke, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil and Piotr Buras, about what this means and what the Trump-Putin meeting might bring. The podcast was recorded on 12 July 2018. Bookshelf: Esprit Journal Communique from NATO Summit…
20 June, 2018
Mark Leonard speaks with Josef Janning, Silvia Francescon, Piotr Buras and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about the major rift between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her interior minister over migrant policy. Bookshelf: L'Ordre du jour by Eric Vuillard The Miracle Of…
12 May, 2017
This week, rather than putting out our ordinary podcast, we're leaving the floor to Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, head of ECFR Paris, who's hosting a discussion with the heads of most of ECFR's offices from around Europe to look at France and Macron's rise from the…
21 December, 2016
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Senior Policy Fellows Kadri Liik, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Anthony Dworkin about the Syrian situation and the prospects of a political solution. This discussion is followed by an interview with Piotr Buras, head of ECFR…