Bruno Maçães

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Bruno Maçães

Bruno Maçães is a Portuguese politician, consultant and author. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.[1] He is a former Secretary of State for European Affairs in Portugal.


He studied at the University of Lisbon and Harvard University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation under Harvey Mansfield.

Public career[edit]

His tenure as Secretary of State for European Affairs in Portugal took place during the worst period of the country's financial crisis. In 2013 the main Greek newspaper wrote that he was very German in his economic views.[2] He told an audience in London that Germany has a "hypocritical" view to trade negotiations.[3] He was described by Wolfgang Munchau as "reinventing the wheel" after tabling a number of proposals for eurozone reform.[4] In April 2014 he defended an energy pact between the United States and Europe to face the Russian threat.[5] His strategy was to create an energy revolution and move Europe to the Atlantic.[6]

He was the first European politician to visit Mariupol after it became the frontline in the Ukraine military conflict.[7] He was interviewed for the BBC TV show HardTalk in January 2015.[8] He left government in November 2015. He was decorated by the President of Romania.[9]

He was a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe.

He is the author of three books: Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order, Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order, and History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America.

The Dawn of Eurasia[edit]

His book The Dawn of Eurasia, published by Penguin in January 2018,[10] argues that the distinction between Europe and Asia has disappeared.[11] His argument is that it is increasingly difficult to draw a border between the two continents.[12] He has argued that Europe cannot fail to respond to the New Silk Road projected by China.[13] In a polemical paper he accused the European Union of missing the boat on the third globalization.[14] He described the upcoming Belt and Road summit as "just as important as the G20."[15] Tyler Cowen wrote that The Dawn of Eurasia was the best book he had read all year.[16] In 2018 The Dawn of Eurasia was granted the international Ranald MacDonald Award.


In 2018 he announced in a podcast with Linda Yueh that he was working on a large novel set in the Belt and Road world.[17]


  1. ^ Experts - Bruno Maçães - Hudson Institute
  2. ^ "«Γερμανός» ο Πορτογάλος υφυπουργός Εξωτερικών, Ξενια Κουναλακη | Kathimerini". Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Bermingham, Finbarr (2014-11-06). TTIP: Germany Accused of Hypocrisy over Opposition to ISDS Clause. International Business Times. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Eurointelligence - Bruno Maçães reinvents the wheel". Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Maçães, Bruno (Apr 22, 2014). "Send a Message to Putin With a Trans-Atlantic Energy Pact". Retrieved Apr 18, 2020 – via
  6. ^ "Energy revolution from East to West". Jun 4, 2014. Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Bruno Maçães talks about his impressions of trip to Mariupol". YouTube. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  8. ^ "BBC World News - HARDtalk, Bruno Macaes". BBC. Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ceremonia de remitere a medaliilor pentru înalti oficiali portughezi". Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  10. ^ Maçães, Bruno. "The Dawn of Eurasia". Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  11. ^ Maçães, Bruno (2015-11-25). "We are all Eurasian now". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 2022-01-10. Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Maçães, Bruno (Apr 18, 2016). "The return of Eurasia?". New Eastern Europe (2 (21)): 7–11. Retrieved Apr 18, 2020 – via
  13. ^ "EU needs to pay more attention to China Silk Road project - former minister". Borderlex. Nov 21, 2016. Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Maçães, Bruno. "China's Belt and Road: Destination Europe". Carnegie Europe. Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  15. ^ "China's Belt and Road Forum 'may equal G20 in importance' - World -". Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "*The Dawn of Eurasia*". Marginal REVOLUTION. Aug 21, 2017. Retrieved Apr 18, 2020.
  17. ^ FM, Player. "Bruno Maçães And Linda Yueh On The Chinese World Order Intelligence Squared podcast". Retrieved 2019-04-05.