Author: Graham Avery

Graham is an independent analyst, resident in Oxford. He has worked as a public servant in Whitehall and in Brussels, and for his services to European affairs he was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) by Queen Elizabeth. He has been a professor at the College of Europe (Warsaw) and a fellow at the European University Institute (Florence).

An extraordinary Yorkshireman: Reginald Farrer

Graham Avery

Ingleborough Hall at Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales was the family home of Reginald Farrer (1880–1920). Here he created the Craven Nursery, to which he sent back alpine plants from his expeditions in the mountains of Europe and Asia. At the age of 14, he had already published a note in the Journal of Botany […]


News from the Alps: Switzerland and the EU

Graham Avery

“We want free movement with the other Europeans!” That’s the message that Swiss voters sent to their politicians in a referendum a few days ago, when the idea of scrapping their agreement with the EU on free movement of persons was rejected by 62 percent. During the British debate on Brexit we heard a lot […]