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Charles Grant

Director, Centre for European Reform

Charles Grant is director of the Centre for European Reform (CER). He works on EU foreign and defence policy, Russia, China, the euro and global governance. His biography of Commission President Jacques Delors (“Delors: Inside the House that Jacques Built”) was published by Nicolas Brealey in 1994 and he is the author of many CER publications.

He is a member of the international advisory boards of the Moscow School of Civic Education, the Turkish think tank EDAM and the French think tank Terra Nova. He is a member of the council of the Ditchley Foundation, and chairman of the foundation's programme committee. He is a vice chairman of Business for New Europe.

In 2004 he became a chevalier of France’s Ordre Nationale du Mérite, and in 2013 a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) "for services to European and wider international policy-making". In January 2015 he was awarded the Bene Merito medal by the Polish government and in December 2015 he was presented with the Star of Italy medal by the Italian government.