How to say goodbye?

Publishing date
09 October 2023
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Dear readers,

This is the last edition of the Why Axis which you will see with my name attached to it, as I will be leaving Bruegel after almost 10 years in the organisation. I will join the European External Action Service as of 1 December. It has been a very long and interesting journey and I would like to thank all my colleagues with whom I have worked over the years.

There are several projects I have worked on that I wish highlight, such as The Sound of Economics podcast, which began in 2016 as well as research I completed about how the ‘Internet of Things’ will impact policy making. This piece of writing posed questions which are still relevant today considering the current debate on artificial intelligence. Another stream of work I am proud of is a series of analyses on European narratives and why they matter for the future of Europe. This work inspired my out-of-the-box contribution to the nascent genre of academic science fiction, challenging international relations theory.  I hope this contribution has prompted people to reflect on how thinking about the future has become an increasingly radical, but equally necessary task.

And if you are more curious to hear about my experience over the past ten years at Bruegel and learn more about think tank dynamics you can listen to this episode of the EU Bubble Insider podcast.

As Douglas Adams said, “So long, and thanks for all the fish”. 


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About the authors

  • Giuseppe Porcaro

    Giuseppe Porcaro led the outreach activities of Bruegel, including communications, media, events, publications and hosted the Bruegel podcast series until October 2023. He was responsible for membership relations, supported the governance of the organisation, and was the board secretary. He also lead the Human Resources department and was part of the organisation's senior management. 

    Giuseppe's research interests lie with issues related to technological changes and how they affect policymaking and democracy, as well as to narratives about European futures and their policy implications in the current global geopolitical context.

    Giuseppe joined Bruegel in 2014, and was the head of communications and events until 2019. He has been Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum between 2009 and 2014, UN and Global Affairs coordinator at the Youth Forum from 2007 to 2009, and previously worked at the World Bank in Kosovo and Paris as well as the European Office of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. Giuseppe holds a Ph.D. in Geography of Development at the University of Naples "L'Orientale". He is also a science-fiction writer, and author of a novel about Europe and the future of democracy.

    He is fluent in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.


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