Paul Taylor is a senior fellow at the Friends of Europe think-tank and writes the “Europe at Large” column for POLITICO. He was previously a correspondent for Reuters, the international news agency, for 39 years. He has published a series of reports on European defence and security issues for Friends of Europe since 2017, most recently Crossing the Wilderness - Europe and the Sahel (May 2021). He is now working on a study on the Black Sea and European security to be published in January 2022. Paul studied History and Modern Languages at Balliol College, Oxford, before joining Reuters as a graduate trainee in 1977. Over nearly four decades, he specialized in European politics and economics, defence and diplomacy, and the Middle East. He has worked in London, Paris, Tehran, Bonn, Brussels, Jerusalem, Berlin and Cairo. From 2008-16 he also wrote the “Inside Europe” column for the International New York Times.