Paul Taylor is a journalist, writer and broadcaster on European affairs, based in Paris. He writes the “Europe at Large” column for POLITICO. He is also a senior fellow of Friends of Europe think-tank, for which he has authored two reports this year on European defence: Crunch Time – France and the Future of European Defence (April 2017) and Jumping Over its Shadow – Germany and the Future of European Defence (October 2017). He is currently writing a third report on Britain’s role in European security and defence after Brexit, to be published in June.
He has also written extensively on the politics of the euro and of the European Union.
Educated at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Royal Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford University, he joined Reuters, the international news agency, as a graduate trainee in 1977. He worked as a correspondent and editor for 39 years, specializing in European politics and economics, defence and diplomacy, and the Middle East. From 2008-16 he also wrote the fortnightly “Inside Europe” column for the International Herald Tribune and the International New York Times.
While at Reuters, he served as European Affairs Editor, Diplomatic Editor, bureau chief in Paris, Berlin and Jerusalem; NATO correspondent, Bonn correspondent and a special correspondent in Iran, Egypt, Kuwait and Greece. Among the major stories he covered were the Iranian revolution, the Euromissile crisis and East-West arms control negotiations, the first Palestinian Intifada, German unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 1991 Gulf War, the Maastricht treaty and EU and NATO enlargement, the eurozone crisis and the Brexit referendum.
Married with two children, he splits his time between Paris and Saint-Remy-de-Provence. His hobbies include playing jazz piano and cooking. He speaks fluent, broadcasting-standard French and German.