Luuk van Middelaar
Luuk van Middelaar (b. 1973) is a philosopher and historian who studied at Groningen University and at the Sorbonne and the EHESS in Paris. Since his debut with Politicide (1999), which won him the prestigious Prix de Paris, he has become an influential voice in public debates. His De passage naar Europa received the Socrates Prize 2010 for the best and most original philosophy book. For the past ten years Van Middelaar has familiarized himself with the political worlds of Brussels and The Hague from the inside as a political adviser. He is currently the speech writer of the first President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.