European Merchants is a Scottish political analysis firm based in Edinburgh. Our mission is to bring clarity and insight to Scottish, European and global politics. As Purveyors of Political Insight, we are dedicated to providing innovative analysis and bold ideas to the major questions facing Scotland and Europe. From our unique Scottish perspective, we decipher turbulent political currents to interpret the trends which shape our world. Thoroughly informed and connected, we are a foundry for political intelligence on Scottish, European and global affairs. We have particular expertise in European Union politics and institutions, Scotland’s European and external relations, and Scottish debates on the constitution, devolution and independence. European Merchants is committed to furthering public debate and we freely offer our perspective through our own publications and external comment and analysis. We intend to make our contribution to understanding our times.
Anthony Salamone is Managing Director of European Merchants, the Scottish political analysis firm in Edinburgh. He is one of Scotland’s leading political analysts. A political scientist, Anthony is equipped with over ten years of experience in European and Scottish affairs. His primary fields of expertise rest in EU politics and institutions, Scottish politics, British politics and international relations. Anthony is an authority on Scotland’s European and external relations, Scottish paradiplomacy and soft power, and the politics of Scottish independence on Europe and international affairs. He has further expertise in US politics, US foreign policy, transatlantic relations, small states in Europe and modern soft power. He is well acquainted with both the academic and policy spheres, particularly in Edinburgh, Brussels and London.
He has degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics and Political Science. During his time at the University of Edinburgh, Anthony was Founding Managing Editor of European Futures, its academic blog on European affairs; Steering Group Member of the Edinburgh Europa Institute; Co-Convenor of the Edinburgh Europa Research Group; Founding President of the Edinburgh University European Union Society; Programme Assistant on the MSc International and European Politics; and Vice Convenor of the School of Social and Political Science. He created and was Lead Educator of Towards Brexit? The UK’s EU Referendum, the University’s Massive Open Online Course on FutureLearn during the vote. At the LSE, he was Assistant Editor of the LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog and President of the LSE Students’ Union European Society.
Anthony is a Member of the Edinburgh Europa Institute and President Emeritus of the Edinburgh University European Union Society. He holds memberships of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe, University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Council for European Studies and the Political Studies Association of the UK. He was previously Committee Member of the UACES Graduate Forum and Member of the Local Organising Committee for the 24th International Conference of Europeanists in Glasgow. He has a strong commitment to public debate on European issues, having organised and chaired numerous panel discussions, lectures and seminars on a range of themes, many of which have featured senior Scottish, UK and European figures.
He is a frequent public speaker and commentator, regularly contributing to newspapers, digital publications, books and parliamentary inquires. His media appearances include The Scotsman, The National, The Herald, The Times, STV News, BBC News, EUobserver, Euractiv, Le Figaro, La Vanguardia, La Razón, Aktuálně.cz, Dagens Naeringsliv, La Presse, Metro, The New European, Sunday National, The Sunday Post and Radio Clyde. His recent publications include a landmark report on Scottish EU membership under independence, a report commissioned by the Scottish Parliament on improving Scotland’s EU engagement and the launch report of European Merchants on protecting Scotland’s European relations from Brexit.