Quentin Peel

Commentator, Financial Times
Former Chief Correspondent (Germany)
and Associate Editor

Authority on all aspects of international relations, globalisation, economic development and the media.

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Few people understand the dramas unfolding on the international stage better than Quentin Peel. He excels at relating politics and economics, with a bit of history and geography, to explain the tensions at work. Having covered major world-changing events over the past 30 years as an eye-witness reporter, he sees the social, political and economic forces shaping world affairs with historical perspective, personal knowledge and deep insight.

He's an expert on issues related to the EU's evolution and has been very well received as an analyst of the current economic crisis. He also has focused on failed and failing states and countries in transition (from dictatorship to democracy, from poverty to prosperity).

Quentin is a commentator for the Financial Times. It’s the latest stage in a long career at the FT: most recently, he was Chief Correspondent, Germany (2010-2014) and Associate Editor (1998-2014). Previously, he served as International Affairs Editor, Foreign Editor, Chief Foreign Affairs columnist, and many other leading positions at the newspaper. He previously held a one-year Mercator senior fellowship at Chatham House.

This remarkable trajectory saw Quentin posted in Johannesburg in 1976 when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe and apartheid began to weaken; in Moscow in 1988 during perestroika, the collapse of the Soviet economy, and the end of the Cold War; and in Berlin in 1991 during German Reunification, just to name a few pivotal moments he witnessed first-hand.

He is a regular speaker and broadcaster on international affairs for the BBC, CNN, Deutsche Welle, France-24, Radio France Internationale, RTE, and many others, with a particular focus on the European Union, transatlantic relations, Russia and Germany. He speaks French and German, has a degree in economics from Cambridge University.

Honours & Prizes

Associate fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute for International Affairs, London - Mercator senior fellow for Europe at Chatham House, Royal Institute for International Affairs, London, 2014-15 - David Holden prize for International Reporter of the Year, UK Press Awards, 1990 - Premio di Napoli, awarded by the city of Naples and the European Parliament, for reporting on European affairs, 2002 - Honourary doctorate, Birmingham University, UK, 2006 - Chevalier, French Légion d’Honneur, 2006


Quentin tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Quentin has strong experience as a moderator/chairman, with a provocative and irreverent style.

The global financial crisis

After the train wreck, who will run the railways?

International relations

Transatlantic relations, European politics, Russia and Europe, enlargement of the EU, security questions relating to NATO, terrorism, etc.


Free movement of people, capital, and information, and the changing balance of power with the rise of China, India, Brazil, etc.

Economic development

Questions relating to the poorest, i.e. in Africa, and questions of poverty, disease, migration, etc.

Media and technology

The internet, tensions between media and government, or media and business, etc.


Religion, the state, and state tolerance of fundamentalism and immigration.

Transatlantic relations

Post-9/11 security

The economic and geopolitical dimensions of energy security and climate change


Brexit — the view from Europe


A major legal conference:
Quentin did a superb job! He even made the front page of the Conference newspaper today; the King (of Spain) was on the second page.