Paweł Tokarski, PhD

Paweł Tokarski, PhD

Research Division: EU/Europe
Senior Associate


Since 2014 Research Associate at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

2010–2014 Senior expert at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), research team coordinator and steering committee member in a EU founded 7th Framework Programme project, Warsaw, Poland

2013 PhD in economics at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Poland

2011–2012 Guest lecturer in EU economic integration at the Collegium Civitas and Warsaw University, Poland

2006–2010 Assistant at the College of Europe, Natolin, (Warsaw) Poland

2006 MA in EU Single Market, College of Europe, Natolin

2004 Diploma in Political Studies, Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes, France

2004 MA in European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

Areas of Expertise:

France, Italy, Economic Governance, European Union, Eurozone, Financial and debt crisis

Eurozone – stabilization and reform processes, economic, political and social situation in France, Italy and other Southern eurozone members

SWP Publications (selection):

Emanuele Caggiano, Paweł Tokarski

PD and M5S: The Italian Alliance of Convenience

The Power of the Status Quo in a Challenging Economic Context

SWP Comment 2019/C 53, December 2019, 4 Pages


Paweł Tokarski

Divergence and Diversity in the Euro Area

The Case of Germany, France and Italy

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 06, May 2019, 39 Pages


Paweł Tokarski, Serafina Funk

Non-euro Countries in the EU after Brexit

Between Fear of Losing of Political Influence and Euro Accession

SWP Comment 2019/C 03, January 2019, 7 Pages


Paweł Tokarski

Reforming the Eurozone without a “Grand Bargain”

New Instruments and Power-Sharing in Incomplete Monetary Union

SWP Comment 2017/C 55, December 2017, 8 Pages
Tobias Etzold, Paweł Tokarski

New Centre-Right Government in Finland

Economic and European Challenges and Perspectives

SWP Comment 2015/C 35, June 2015, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Paweł Tokarski

2019 European Elections in Poland

in: Clingedael Magazine, 17.05.2019
Anna Visvizi, Paweł Tokarski

Poland and the Re-categorization of the Eurozone Entry: From a Legal Obligation to a Political Issue

in: Tom Hashimoto, Michael Rhimes (eds.): Reviewing European Union Accession. Unexpected Results, Spillover Effects, and Externalities, Brill / Nijhoff, October 2017, pp. 113–133
Paweł Tokarski, Anna Visvizi

Poland and the euro: Between lock-in and unfinished transition

in: Society and Economy, Volume 36, Number 4, December 2014, pp. 445-468
Paweł Tokarski

Better Off Without: What If the EU Had Never Created the Euro?

in: “What if the EU …?”: An Exercise in Counterfactual Thinking to Address Current Dilemmas, DGAPanalyse 19, October 2014, pp. 39-41
Paweł Tokarski, Stijn Verhelst

Macro-economic Conditionality in Cohesion Policy: Added Value or Unnecessary Burden?

Egmont/PISM Policy Brief No. 13, October 2012, 11 Pages

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Nicoletta Pirozzi, Luca Argenta, Paweł Tokarski

The EU One Year after the Covid‐19 Outbreak: An Italian‐German Perspective

Working Paper Research Division EU/Europe 2020/ No. 01, February 2021, 8 Pages


Paweł Tokarski (ed.), Ognian Hishow, Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Federico Steinberg

The Euro Paradox: Explaining the Resilience of the Single Currency

Working Paper RD EU/Europe, 2018/ 01, January 2018, 35 pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Paweł Tokarski

The Italian Challenge: Can Draghi Master It?

The new Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi, will have very little time to solve the country’s structural problems, which have existed for decades. It is therefore crucial for someone to take the helm after him who will build on his achievements, says Paweł Tokarski.

Point of View, 19.02.2021
Cerstin Gammelin, Erik Kirschbaum, Paweł Tokarski

Corona Recovery Deal: Can the EU Rebound?

EU leaders have struck a deal on an historic coronavirus recovery financial package. Can Europe come out stronger from the crisis? Our guests: Cerstin Gammelin (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Erik Kirschbaum (Journalist), Paweł Tokarski (SWP)

Interview of Andreas Zemke, in:, 23.07.2020
Paweł Tokarski

The stabilisation of the euro area through monetary policy and financial assistance is not sustainable

The pandemic crisis opens a window of opportunity to initiate structural changes in euro area countries, says Paweł Tokarski. Monetary policy and financial assistance alone are not enough.

Point of View, 28.05.2020
Nicolai von Ondarza, Bettina Rudloff, Paweł Tokarski

Corona Crisis: Italy Needs European Solidarity – Now

The corona virus is spreading around Europe at an alarming rate. Italy is currently the country worst affected. Nicolai von Ondarza, Bettina Rudloff and Pawel Tokarski argue that the states of Europe can and must stand together.

Point of View, 13.03.2020
Federiga Bindi, Marta Dassù, Stefan Lehne, Denis MacShane, Andrea Mammone, Cas Mudde, Francesco Papadia, Gianni Riotta, Rachel Sanderson, Nathalie Tocci, Paweł Tokarski, Antonio Villafranca

Judy Asks: Is Italy Europe’s Achilles’ Heel?

A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world

in: Carnegie Europe , 28.06.2017 (online)

SWP Comments

Paweł Tokarski, Alexander Wiedmann
The Corona Debt Conundrum in the Eurozone

Limits to Stabilisation by Monetary Policy and the Search for Alternatives

Raphael Bossong
The Next Steps for EU Counterterrorism Policy

Evolving Threats of Jihadism, Right-wing Extremism, and Transatlantic Cooperation

SWP Research Papers

Eckhard Lübkemeier
Standing on Our Own Feet?

Opportunities and Risks of European Self-Defence

Peter Becker
A European Economic Policy in the Making

Success with Modest Means