About EuroComment and Peter Ludlow


Described by the Financial Times, as ‘Brussels’ ultimate insider’, Peter Ludlow has been closely involved with EU affairs for over thirty years.

Peter Ludlow is president of the Executive Committee of the European Strategy Forum, which he and Antonio Vitorino founded in 2006.

Educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Göttingen, Peter Ludlow taught international history in the University of London from 1966-1976. In 1976, he became a professor of history at the European University Institute in Florence, where he remained until 1981, when he was invited to become the founding director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.

He retired from CEPS in 2001 and has since spent most of his time writing and lecturing and speaking in many parts of the world. He has also acted as consultant to official institutions and private companies.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on international history and the policies, politics and institutions of the European Union. His substantial 15-20,000 word analyses of every meeting of the European Council are widely read by EU insiders in and beyond Brussels.

Peter Ludlow has been awarded many prizes and fellowships including the Prix Europe of 1999 from L’Academie des Marches de l’Est in Strasbourg, for his services to European integration.

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Select list of publications:

  • International History in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Bischof Berggrav zum deutschen Kirchenkampf, in: Zur Geschichte des Kirchenkampfes. Ges.Aufsätze II Göttingen, 1971
  • Scandinavia between the Great Powers, in: Historisk Tidskrift 1974.
  • Papst Pius XII, die britische Regierung und die deutsche Opposition im Winter 1939-40 in: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, 1974
  • The refugee problem in the 1930s. in: The English Historical Review.  1975
  • The unwinding of appeasement, in: Lothar Kettenacker (ed). Das ‘Andere Deutschland’ im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Stuttgart, 1977
  • The International Protestant Community in the Second World War. in: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 1978
  • Français et Britanniques dans la drôle de guerre. In : Editions du CNRS  1979
  • Britain and Northern Europe, 1940-45. in: Scandinavian Journal of History. 1979
  • Britain and the Third Reich. In: Hedley Bull (ed) The Challenge of the Third Reich OUP, 1986
  • The Policies, Politics and Diplomacy of European Integration
  • The Making of the European Monetary System. London, 1982
  • Beyond 1992: Europe and its Western Partners. Brussels 1989
  • Governing Europe I and II. (ed) Brussels 1990
  • The Annual Review of EC Affairs (ed) 1990 and 1991, London 1991 and 1992
  • Setting European Community Priorities, 1991-1992.(ed)  London 1991
  • The European Commission. In: Stanley Hoffman and Robert Keohane (ed) The New Europe. 1991
  • The Presidency: a new force in EU politics? In: L’Equilibre Europeen. Essays in honour of Niels Ersboell. Council of the EU, 1994
  • Preparing for 1996 and a larger European Union: principles and priorities. Brussels 1995.
  • Preparing for Membership: the Eastward and Southern Enlargement of the EU. Brussels 1996
  • Preparing Europe for the 21st Century: the Amsterdam Council and Beyond. Brussels 1997
  • The Laeken Council. Brussels 2002
  • The Barcelona Council. Brussels 2002
  • The Seville Council. Brussels 2002
  • The Making of the New Europe. Brussels 2004
  • A View from Brussels. 1-14. CEPS, 1995-2001
  • Briefing Notes: Vol 1. 1-16. 2002-2003
  • Vol 2. 1-10. 2003-2004
  • Vol 3. 1-10. 2004-2005
  • Vol.4. 1-10  2005-2007
  • Vol.5. 1-10  2007-2008
  • Vol.6. 1-10 2008-2009
  • Vol.7. 1- 8 2009-2010
  • Vol.8. 1-6 2010-2011
  • European Strategy Forum (Editor and Contributor)
  • Setting EU Priorities 2007
  • Setting EU Priorities 2008
  • Setting EU Priorities 2009
  • The EU and China