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Anthony Salamone is Managing Director of European Merchants, the Scottish political analysis firm in Edinburgh. A political scientist, he is equipped with over ten years of experience in European and Scottish affairs. His primary areas of expertise rest in EU politics and institutions, Scottish politics, Brexit and British politics. He 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 European and US foreign policy, transatlantic relations, small states in Europe, modern soft power and wider international relations.
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; Vice Convenor of the School of Social and Political Science; and Lead Educator of Towards Brexit? The UK’s EU Referendum, its 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. He was previously Research Fellow and Strategic Advisor at the Scottish Centre on European Relations, Scotland’s first EU think tank.
Anthony 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 is a Member of the Edinburgh Europa Institute and President Emeritus of the Edinburgh University European Union Society. 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. He is a frequent public speaker and commentator on EU politics, Scottish independence, Brexit and Scottish politics. His media appearances include The Scotsman, The National, The Times, STV News, BBC News, EUobserver, Euractiv, Le Figaro, La Vanguardia, La Presse, Dagens Naeringsliv, The Sunday Post and Radio Clyde. His recent publications include in 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.