Brussels: Alumni reception with Luuk van Middelaar
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Luuk van Middelaar, Alumnus of the Year 2015
The University of Groningen has awarded writer, columnist and expert on Europe Luuk van Middelaar the title of Alumnus of the Year 2015. Luuk van Middelaar graduated in History and Philosophy from the University of Groningen in 1999. Van Middelaar left Groningen to study in Paris, and later worked as an advisor first to European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein in Brussels, then to Jozias van Aartsen, leader of the Dutch political party VVD, in the Hague. In 2009, he was awarded a PhD with honours by the University of Amsterdam. Van Middelaar then once again swapped academia for politics, and was part of the Cabinet of Herman van Rompuy, the first European ‘President’, as a speechwriter until 2014. Since then, Van Middelaar has once again left politics to concentrate on research. He is Professor of European Studies in Louvain-la-Neuve and Professor of the Foundations and Practice of the European Union and its Institutions at Leiden University. He is also a columnist for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and recently wrote his third book.