Leading European federalist and British Liberal Democrat politician
ANDREW DUFF is a leading European federalist and a British Liberal politician. He is Visiting Fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
Duff was the Liberal Democrat MEP for the East of England and spokesman on constitutional affairs for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) from 1999-2014. He was a member of the Convention on the Charter of Fundamental Rights and of the Convention on the Future of Europe. He was one of Parliament’s representatives at the IGC which drafted the Treaty of Lisbon. During his time in the Parliament, Duff was Rapporteur on the electoral reform of the European Parliament, the Commission hearings, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. He co-chaired the Parliament’s federalist intergroup.
Duff also maintains a strong interest in foreign and security policy, and is a specialist on Turkey. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Andrew Duff was President of the Union of European Federalists 2008-13. From 1993-99, he was Director of the Federal Trust for Education and Research in London. A former Vice-President of the Liberal Democrats, he was awarded the OBE in 1997. He began his political career as a member of Cambridge City Council.
The author of several books and many articles on European integration, in 2013 he led the Spinelli Group’s publication of
A Fundamental Law (Bertelsmann Stiftung). His most recent publication is
Pandora, Penelope, Polity: How to Change the European Union (John Harper, 2015).