As part of our attempt to reclaim symbols for the peoples of Europe, here we will be presenting a selection of individuals who have shaped and enriched the continent.

Great European of the Week: Paul-Henri Spaak

A great European for decades, Paul-Henri Spaak strongly believed in the integration of Europe and used the power of his “method” to support the European project. By Alessandra Croppi

Great European of the Week: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Philosopher, political theorist, novelist, scientist, general polymath – Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of modern Europe’s greatest thinkers. By James Bartholomeusz

Great European of the Week: Robert Schuman

Robert Schuman was one of Europe’s founding fathers and the genius behind the European Coal and Steel Community. By Veronika Czina

Great European of the Week: Metternich

Stark anti-liberal reactionary, or careful manager of change and continuity? Austria’s Metternich holds a lesson for Europe. By Liam Fitzgerald

Great European of the Week: Voltaire

Voltaire (b. Francois Marie Arouet, November 21, 1694 in Paris, d.May 30, 1778 in Paris) is often cited as the “embodiment of the French enlightenment.”

Great European of the Week: Altiero Spinelli

In the week of the European Parliaments’ elections, we introduce the Italian Altiero Spinelli, one of the founders of the European Union and a federalist. By Welmoed Roeten

Great European of the Week: Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand

An immensely skilled tactician and diplomat, Talleyrand was one of the iconic figures of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. By Liam Fitzgerald

Great European of the Week: Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (born 27th April 1759) was a controversial writer and early women’s rights activist. By Roisin Berghaus

Immanuel Kant

Who was Immanuel Kant, the man who attempted to answer so many of mankind’s most pressing answers? Until this day, he influences both philosophical thought and our everyday life. A short portrait of one of Europe’s…

Great European of the Week: Jean-Paul Sartre

Philosopher, writer and activist, Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the greatest European intellectuals of the last century. By Teona Surmava