Luuk van Middelaar

Senior Research Associate
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  • Europe in the World
  • Europe and the EU
  • COVID-19
  • China


  • Europe
  • The Netherlands

Luuk van Middelaar (1973) is a political theorist and historian. He is a professor of EU law at Leiden University and a political commentator for NRC Handelsblad and De Standaard.

The author of the prizewinning The Passage to Europe, he was the chief speechwriter and a close advisor to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (2010-2014). Van Middelaar published his first book, Politicide, in 1999. His most recent book is Alarums & Excursions:Improvising Politics on the European Stage, also out in French and Dutch. Since 2018, he is member of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs  and the Chair of its Commission on European Integration (CEI).

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My work




China and the geopolitics of the coronavirus

26 February 2020 - 15:32
Europe and the EU

The European Union after the Brexit. Who are our new partners?

13 September 2018 - 10:24