I am a postdoc at KU Leuven, an adjunct professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a freelance writer mainly working on the European Union and the greater Middle East.
My research focusses on the implementation of the EU's foreign policy towards its Southern neighbourhood as well as politics, economics and society in the Mediterranean region. Other interests include justice and home affairs in Europe as well as euroscepticism, far-right movements and all things Brexit.
My non-academic writings have appeared in various publications including Politico Europe, The Guardian, Spiegel Online, Zeit Online, The Conversation, Poynter and zenith - Zeitschrift für den Orient.
The photo shows cars queuing for petrol in downtown Cairo at about 5am
a few days before the 2013 coup d’état.