Professor Luuk van Middelaar

Professor Luuk van Middelaar

Chair, European Integration Committee

Professor Luuk van Middelaar (b. 1973) is Professor of Foundations and Practice of the European Union and its Institutions at Leiden University. He is also a columnist for NRC Handelsblad and De Standaard.

His books The Passage to Europe (2009) and Alarums and Excursions – Improvising Politics on the European Stage (2019) found a wide audience in Europe following their publication in many languages, including English, French, German, Spanish and Polish.

From 2010 to 2014, Professor Van Middelaar was speechwriter and political adviser to the president of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy. In 2009 he obtained his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam, having previously studied history and philosophy at the University of Groningen and the Sorbonne, and political theory at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris (1991-2000). From 2002 to 2004 he worked for the Office of the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Frits Bolkestein.

Other positions

  • Member of the Academic Committee of the House of European History, Brussels
  • Member of the Scientific and Evaluation Council of Fondapol (Foundation for Political Innovation), Paris

AIV Advisory reports

Over the past five years Professor Van Middelaar has contributed to the following advisory reports: