Ideas for Europe – not asking what is, but what is not, and why. These are the questions of Olivier Védrine. As for professional reasons he holds a permanent dialogue with young people, it is clear that his ideas and questions reach out for young Europeans. What should happen with the institutions in Europe, with Turkey, Russia, with the climate change, with religious freedom and tolerance – this booklet is a firework of ideas. It is completed with some personal impressions of travelling to Ukraine and Azerbaijan. And it clearly underlines what we all have in Europe – more than a technocratic being, but one of a civilization of many hundred years and one of “unity in diversity”. Olivier Védrine does not expect to be everyone of his opinion – he wants also to challenge opinions, to challenge European citizens to behave like a citoyen.
Olivier Védrine lives in Paris/France. He is editor of European Union Foreign Affairs Journal (EUFAJ) where he writes regularly the last article (“Standpoint”), and he works as Professor at the IPAG Business School where he is Director of an MBA programme, at IÉSEG/Université Catholique de Lille, and other universities. The Lecturer of the European Commission (TEAM EUROPE France) is also President of the Collège Atlantique-Oural. Associate Research Fellow at the Chaire de recherche du Canada en politiques étrangère et de défense canadiennes (PEDC) of UQAM (Université de Québec à Montréal).