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Open Europe's Impact is global. We are regularly cited across the World's online, print and broadcast media and our work influences the public debate about Britain’s new relationships with the EU and the rest of the world. Read on to find out why, or get in touch with one of our experts.

Our Experts

  • Stephen Booth, Acting Director

    Stephen Booth

    Acting Director Stephen is Acting Director at Open Europe and heads its policy and research team. While at Open Europe he has written on EU regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. Stephen's professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing. He is half Dutch.
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  • Pieter Cleppe, Head of Brussels Office

    Pieter Cleppe

    Head of Brussels Office Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe (Open Europe Brussels VZW). He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna. Pieter is fluent in Dutch, English and French. He also speaks German and intermediate Italian. See Articles
  • David Shiels, Policy Analyst

    David Shiels

    Policy Analyst Dr David Shiels holds a PhD in History from Cambridge, where he also studied for his masters and undergraduate degrees. His academic interests include Euroscepticism in the UK, immigration and domestic British politics. He is writing a book on the career of Enoch Powell and is an expert on the Thatcher era. David is from Northern Ireland and has written widely about Ulster Unionism and UK-Ireland relations. See Articles
  • Dominic Walsh, Policy Analyst

    Dominic Walsh

    Policy Analyst Dominic joined Open Europe in 2017. He holds an MA in British Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London, where he obtained a Distinction. His areas of expertise include the UK-EU relationship, British political parties, and Euroscepticism in the UK. His research focuses on Brexit and Parliament. He has previously worked as a researcher for the UCL Constitution Unit, and holds a first-class undergraduate degree in History from Durham University. See Articles
  • Anthony Egan, Intern

    Anthony Egan

    Intern Anthony is currently studying for an MA in Legal and Political Theory at UCL, with a focus on responsibility-sensitive distributive justice. His research focuses on the economics of European affairs. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, also from UCL. Anthony has experience in the media industry, having worked for a business and finance media outlet prior to joining Open Europe. See Articles