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UGlobe/UCIS Masterclass: ‘Media and European Politics: A Problematic Relationship?’ by Caroline de Gruyter and Geert Mak

UGlobe/UCIS had the great honour of organizing this year’s Professor Bronisław Geremek lecture on 14 February 2017. This year’s speakers, Caroline de Gruyter and Geert Mak, also gave a UGlobe/UCIS Masterclass on the potentially problematic relationship between the media and European Politics specifically for our students and a group of ten Polish students that were especially flown in for the occasion.


Caroline de Gruyter is a correspondent and non-fiction author based in Vienna. She is European Affairs correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, a regular contributor to Carnegie Europe and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. De Gruyter was posted to Brussels twice and spent more than fifteen years covering Europe. She wrote several books on Europe, the most recent one published last year, and has been awarded with the Anne Vondeling Prize (2013), the Heldring Prize (2015) and the Prix du Mérite Européen (2016).

Geert Mak is a journalist and non-fiction author. He started his career as a teacher in constitutional and immigration law at the University of Utrecht. Mak later got more involved in journalism and media, working for newspapers, such as De Groene Amsterdammer and NRC Handelsblad and for the VPRO broadcasting. Since 1992 Mak has dedicated himself to the writing of books. He was awarded the Leipziger Buchpreis fur Europäische Verständigung for his critically acclaimed book In Europe in 2008 and won the Prix du Mérite Européen in 2016. He also led a series of three forums on the future of Europe in 2007 with Bronisław Geremek being one of his participants.

UGlobe/UCIS Masterclasses are led by prominent figures who will share their personal knowledge and insights into a relevant theme. They are meant to be less formal, with Chatham House Rules applying.