Robin Oakley is CNNs European political editor based in London and is one of the leading political commentators among international journalists today.
With almost 40 years of experience in political journalism, Oakley provides analysis on a full range of European issues and political events for CNNs international audience. In addition to reporting on the keynote political events in Europe, including G8, EU and Nato summits and national referendums and elections, Oakley delivers insight into the international ramifications of specific European political events and developments.
In 2007 Oakley's expertise included the French Presidential election, the departure from Downing Street of Tony Blair and the culmination of the Northern Ireland peace process.
In 2006 Oakley reported extensively on European concerns like immigration, EU enlargement and counter-terrorism. The previous year he was involved in CNNs extensive coverage of the British General Election and the contest in Germany which brought Angela Merkel to power as Chancellor. In 2004 he reported extensively on the ten countries which then became members of the EU.
Before taking up his CNN post in September 2000, Oakley was political editor of the BBC for eight years, reporting for a wide range of TV and radio programmes, covering international summits and British prime ministerial trips around the world, as well as the full range of British domestic politics.
From 1986-92, Oakley was the political editor and columnist for The Times newspaper, based in London. Prior to this, his experience included being assistant editor of the Daily Mail (1981-86), political and assistant editor of Now! Magazine (1979-81), columnist and then assistant editor of the Sunday Express (1970-79) and political editor of the Liverpool Daily Post. He also contributes to a range of political publications.
Oakleys main leisure interest is horse-racing. For many years he has written the Turf column in The Spectator and he is the racing correspondent for the Financial Times. In September 2000 his book, Valley of The Racehorse was published and was followed in September 2001 by Inside Track, in which he reflected on his years in political journalism.
Oakley was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to political journalism in the Queens birthday list in 2001.