Dr Florian Hartleb worked as a research fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies until 2012. He is currently working in Tallinn, Estonia as a political consultant dealing with the digital society, inclluding a project for the Bertelsmann Stiftung on “smart countries”. He also contributes to international media and events on current political topics such as populism, euroscepticism and terrorism. He studied political science, law and psychology at Eastern Illinois University (US) and the University of Passau, and gained his doctorate from Chemnitz University of Technology in 2004. Florian Hartleb subsequently worked as a consultant in the German parliament (Bundestag), as a research associate at Chemnitz University of Technology and as a professor for political management at a private university in Berlin. He has co-authored three high-school textbooks.