Charles Grant, Director

Charles Grant studied modern history at Cambridge University. He then took a diploma in French politics at Grenoble University. Returning to London, Grant joined Euromoney, the financial magazine, in 1981.

He moved to The Economist in 1986, where he wrote about the City. In 1987 he began a series of articles which exposed the County NatWest-Blue Arrow scandal, which led to two Department of Trade and Industry inquiries and a long criminal trial. In 1988, together with David Goodhart, he wrote Making the City work, a Fabian booklet which proposed a reform programme for Britain's financial markets.

In 1989 The Economist posted Grant to Brussels, to cover the European Community. In 1992 his writing on economic and monetary union won the Adelphi Foundation's Prix Stendhal. In the autumn of 1993 Grant returned to The Economist's London office, to write about British affairs. His biography of Jacques Delors (Delors: Inside the House that Jacques Built, published by Nicholas Brealey) appeared in 1994. It was subsequently translated into French, Japanese and Russian. In October 1994 Grant became defence editor of The Economist, covering armaments industries, defence policy, military matters and the war in former Yugoslavia.

In 1996 Grant helped to set up the Centre for European Reform, an independent think-tank that is dedicated to promoting a reform agenda within the European Union. In January 1998 Grant left The Economist to become the first director of the Centre for European Reform. He is the author of several CER publications, including 'Can Britain lead in Europe?' (1998); 'EU 2010: An optimistic vision of the future' (2000); and 'Transatlantic rift: How to bring the two sides together' (2003). Most recently he is the author of 'What happens if Britain votes no? Ten ways out of an EU constitutional crisis', published in March 2005, and of 'Europe's blurred boundaries: Rethinking enlargement and neighbourhood policy', to be published in September 2006.

Grant became a director and trustee of the British Council in July 2002. He is also a member of the Committee for Russia in a United Europe (chaired by Duma member Vladimir Ryzhkov). He is a board member of the Moscow School of Political Studies. Hobbies include hill-walking and music.

In February 2004 he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by Ambassador Gérard Errera in London.

Main areas of expertise: Russia, European foreign and defence policy, Transatlantic relations, the Future of Europe debate, Britain and the euro.

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