About Reinhard Hesse
Reinhard Hesse (1956-2004) was a writer, journalist and foreign correspondent for several German newspapers and magazines. He advised and wrote speeches for Germany's Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder.
Articles by Reinhard Hesse
A large number of our continent’s leaders are fresh from spending an early summer grand tour hopping from one picturesque European setting (St Petersburg) to another (Evian-les-Bains), culminating in the European summit in the ancient city of Thessaloniki. If the climax of their travels is a reminder that the good old continent is still a favoured gathering-site for the world’s big bands and key players to mix summits and circuses, the rest of us are waking up to the sound of a shrill alarm clock sounded by some of Europe’s finest intellectuals.
I feel very honoured to be asked to open the Europa topic of your ambitious openDemocracy project.
I had a dream (or was it a nightmare?) that my literary agent urged me to write that one ultimate non-fiction book. You know, “the book only you can write”, so that people will stand in line just to get a copy... and I said, taking what’s left of my guts, “I could write a top non-fiction book on the most interesting question of our age: Europe!”