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Radovan Geist

Political Scientist

The author holds a PhD in Political Theory from the Slovak Academy of Science as well as a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from them Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, UMB, Banská Bystrica. He has worked as a research fellow (2001/2002) at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India and as with the media since co-founding the policy portal Since 2006 he is lecturing at the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava.



Androulla Vassiliou


The Cyprus-born Androulla Vassiliou has been the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth since February 2010. Before, she was the European Commissioner for Health. She was active in the field of international affairs and human rights as a President of the UN Association of Cyprus from 1978 until 1992 and as President of the World Federation of UN Associations from 1991 until 1995



Katja Kipping


Katja Kipping is leader of the German left-wing party “Die Linke”. She joined the party in 1998 and is a member of German parliament since 2005.



Erica Johnson Debeljak


Erica Johnson Debeljak was born in San Francisco, California. She moved to Slovenia in 1993 to marry. In her new home, she began a career first as a translator, and then as a writer and columnist. Her memoir Forbidden Bread (North Atlantic Books) was published in 2009. Her new novel, The Bicycle Factory, will be released by the Modrijan Publishing House in 2015. She lives and works in Ljubljana with her husband and three children.



Guy Verhofstadt


The former Belgian Prime Minister (1999-2008) has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009, where he is currently the leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). He is the ALDE’s nominee for President of the European Commission in the upcoming European Elections. Verhofstadt, a strong advocate of the federalist idea, also founded the inter-parliamentarian “Spinelli Group” that is fostering the idea of a United States of Europe.



Why we need more European Integration

Size Matters

Integration is the only way forward for Europe. Yet to save the Union, governments need to recognize their common values and actively pursue unity. Unless committed Europeans step forward, our Union will wither away.

by Jean-Dominique Giuliani 24.03.2014



The Populist Challenge in the 2014 EU Elections


Anti-European sentiment is on the rise. This could end up badly. But populism also serves an important function.

by Christina Schori-Liang 31.01.2014



A European Army or enhanced CSDP?

If you want peace, prepare for war

There is one simple truth: Maintaining peace and security in Europe requires preparedness to defend it at home and abroad. But to discuss the European army can be counterproductive.

by Ana Gomes 26.03.2014



The European elections and the democratic deficit

Faces are facades

This year’s European elections are more personalized than ever. But the jousting between front runner candidates remains a facade: Europe’s democratic deficit runs much deeper.

by Achim Hurrelmann 12.02.2014



Slovenia: Ten years of EU membership

Europe, a love story

Slovenia’s entry into the European Union was filled with pomp and ceremony. But things quickly went sour.

by Erica Johnson Debeljak 30.04.2014

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