WITH PRAGMATISM AGAINST POPULISM & STAGNATION
Digital enthusiast focusing on Artificial Intelligence, data and the EU's digital transition. Soft spot for interinstitutional reforms and the better regulation agenda. Cooperative and pragmatic approach, always trying to strike a balance. Annoyed by stagnation, ideological mindsets and political power plays in the EU institutions and elsewhere. The good policy-maker is inclusive, willing to compromise and strives for constant renewal.
Graduated in politics and law, after specializing in Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis as well as in Constitutional and European Law. Studied Political Science (B.A.) at University of Bremen, Law (First German state examination / Dipl.-Jur.) at University of Freiburg / York / Münster, and International Relations (M.Sc.) at University of Edinburgh.
Started his professional life as Research Associate at the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Brussels, before moving to the European Parliament as Head of Office and Digital Policy Adviser for MEP Axel Voss (EPP Group) in mid-2017.
Why this website?
Seeing the need for a radical policy change in the EU - not only in digital matters - and believing in the work I am doing, first at the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and now in the European Parliament, this website pursues the single goal to compile and to illustrate some of the previous as well as the current political initiatives meant to trigger and accelerate the necessary transformation process in Brussels and across Europe.
The website contains the draft reports, resolutions and amendments from MEP Voss and my activities in the JURI, LIBE and AIDA committee and our political position papers. In addition, it covers public events on which I have spoken as well as publications that I have written in my personal capacity. Since I am not a politician myself, this website can focus more on the technical details of our initiatives. It also allows me to comment on the political processes as well as on our ambitions more bluntly. While many documents on this blog are the work of MEP Voss and his office or of the Konrad- Adenauer-Foundation, all additional remarks are my own and are not necessarily representing the views of MEP Voss, the EPP group, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation or the European Parliament.