I am a doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick and at the Université libre de Bruxelles as well as a freelance journalist working on the European Union, the Middle East and other stuff. Currently I am based in Brussels.
My research focusses on external perceptions of the European Union, the EU's foreign policy towards its neighbourhood, and civil-military relations in the Arab world. I am also interested in space policy, euroscepticism, far-right movements and terrorism.
My non-academic writings have appeared in various publications including SPIEGEL ONLINE, ZEIT ONLINE, Tagesspiegel Causa, The Conversation, Poynter and zenith - Zeitschrift für den Orient. I co-founded FactCheckEU.org, a watchdog monitoring the discourse on EU affairs, from 02/2014 to 05/2015.
I hold Master degrees from the London School of Economics and Royal Holloway, have spent about two years in various African and Middle Eastern countries and worked and interned with Airbus, the European Commission, KPMG and the German Chamber of Commerce in the United Arab Emirates. I am able to negotiate and publish in English and German, fluently speak French and Italian and somewhat find my way around in Arabic, Dutch and Spanish.
The photo shows cars queuing for petrol in downtown Cairo at about 5am
a few days before the 2013 coup d’état.