2021 Christmas Letter

Dear friends, the year is coming to its end, so it is a very good opportunity to have a look and take stock of what has been achieved;

I am happy that despite the many constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Martens Centre has been present on many fronts through our research expertise, media visibility, numerous events in the EU and beyond, all of which represented our desire to analyse and respond to the major challenges and political developments facing Europe.  

However, we must realise that as long as the pandemic is with us, we will remain locked in our individual bubbles, and the danger arising from individual isolation will remain high. Given my experience, I know very well that quality research and the right political decisions require intensive consultation, the confrontation of opinions, and an inclusive team spirit. So, even though we are locked in our homes, we should not allow ourselves to isolate and alienate each other. We should avoid this trap laid by the pandemic. Let’s use social media not only for conferences and webinars, but also for intensive and inspiring mutual communication and conversation. 

Technology was able to bring us together, but I do hope that in-person meetings will return soon. This also means being able to gather at our events, as online life will never be an appropriate substitute for real human contact.

Dear friends of the Martens Centre, I would like to thank you for your long-term support and favour. I would like to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and much happiness, health, and hope for the upcoming 2022 year.