Half a year ago, British historian Timothy Garton Ash gave the following answer in Der Spiegel to the question what the illness was that Europe is suffering from: “Europe is a woman, now middle-aged, who has already had a number of heart attacks and is currently experiencing the biggest health crisis of her life, but one that need not be fatal.”
It is on this crisis that Garton Ash will present the annual Schuman lecture at the UM next Monday. The historian is mainly known as an expert on Eastern Europe. He lived behind the Iron Curtain for some time and while there he did not just write books but was also a reporter for newspapers such as The Independent and The Times. He is a professor of European studies at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, at Stanford University.