Senior Practice Director
Thomas Gratowski

Thomas leads Global Counsel’s macro team and is the head of GC’s MENA office in Doha. He joined Global Counsel from the World Bank, where he was a consultant, focusing on country strategy in the Middle East and North Africa. He has also worked for a member of the German Bundestag, and a research project of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Thomas advises clients on macroeconomic and geopolitical developments, in particular in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He provides strategic advice for clients with an interest in the Gulf, and helps European corporates understand sanctions, political risks and commercial opportunities in Iran. He has also helped investors in the energy sector assess political and macroeconomic risks in North Africa. Thomas also supports Global Counsel’s Brexit work with macroeconomic analysis and covers European political developments with a focus on Germany. Besides native German, he also speaks French and is conversant in Arabic.

Latest Insights by Thomas Gratowski

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How an international embargo against Russian oil could work

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What seemed the most extreme of scenarios three weeks ago is now slowly becoming a reality: an embargo against Russian oil exports. Joe Biden, the US president, has announced that the US would ban the import of Russian oil and the UK’s business and energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said Britain would phase out Russian oil imports by the end of 2022. These…

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The Ukraine invasion - a global perspective

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On Wednesday morning, Russian troops entered Ukraine. As stressed by policymakers in London, Washington, and Brussels, everything is now on the table in terms of further sanctions against Russia. Whatever new measures might ensue-and depending on Russia’s counter-response-the immediate costs and possible risks for investors and corporates in the region have never been…

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Germany’s grand coalition leaves big choices to its successor

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Germany’s grand coalition of Christian and Social Democrats will soon be history. Despite its comfortable majority – the next government may be jealous – there is a sense that Chancellor Merkel’s fourth government has deferred big policy choices to its successor. Even in the few areas where it has set a new policy direction, in part to deal with the pandemic, major…

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Could Olaf Scholz be the new Chancellor of Germany?

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With the German parliamentary elections and Angela Merkel’s departure after sixteen years, the scene seems set for profound changes, with months of coalition haggling ahead. But with a change of players and, maybe, a change of parties, will much really change in German politics? And how will that affect policy at home and in the EU?

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