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 EurActiv.sk. Since 2006 he is lecturing at the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
A common European identity is not only possible and desirable, but it is an inevitable part of the modern European experience. Europeans are distinctive from non-Europeans.
Breaking down rigid environments and supporting new education systems are the imperatives of a change that will soon become a constant.
We must be more creative about opening up space for meaningful participation. This is why we should remember what the Athenians once did.