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The Project

We put together a volume of original and thought-provoking essays that float novel ideas and solutions for the “live” policy choices that politicians and publics in the European Union now face. The resulting articles are available here.


The book is to appear in the run-up to the European Parliamentary elections in late May 2019. 


It is an exercise in “philosophy in practice”, in which thinkers who have a deep concern and connection to the European Project engage with European citizens.

The motivation behind Twelve Stars is that philosophical thinking and argumentation, when presented in an accessible way, can help in creating a constructive dialogue and in identifying common ground in controversial debates about the European Union. 


Twelve Stars is not just a scholarly project, but an interactive and educational endeavor that engages with European citizens. All arguments are to be “crowd-tested” by their authors in innovative online discussions.


We gratefully acknowledge support by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the University of Hamburg, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. 

Marco Meyer

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of York. Specialises in the political philosophy of economic institutions and applied epistemology.

Joachim Helfer

Novelist and essayist. Published broadly on culture and politics in German periodicals. Translator of English academic texts into German, line editor, and teacher of literary prose.

Ralf Grötker

Realised Debattenprofis (with, telepolis, in 2012/13: A platform for collaborative research and decision-making. Ph.D. in philosophy from Freie Universität, Berlin.

Matthew Braham

Professor of Practical Philosophy, Universität Hamburg. PhD in economics and specializes in research at the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics.

Stefanie Lenk

Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bern in art history and a curator. She specialises in the role of art in medieval Christian religion.

Annalena Rehkämper

M.Sc. Global Governance and Ethics University College London, M.Sc. student in Politics, Economics and Philosophy at the University of Hamburg. Co-founder of Projekt Denkende Gesellschaft eV.

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