Hanneke’s Essay ‘A European Discovers China’ won the China Unlimited Contest, organised to celebrate 40 years of China-Europe diplomatic ties. Here with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, European Commissioner Navracsics, and other winners.
‘Lessons from Lincoln for European politicians – Tips van Lincoln voor Europese politici’ (De Morgen, 23 Januari 2013) – Click photo to read.
Preparing Cafe Europa Brussels -With Derek Blyth and Ana-Maria Tolbaru
‘Europe depends on personal chemistry between people – Europa hangt af van de chemie tussen mensen’ (Interview in De Morgen, 7 Dec 2011) – Click photo to read.
Presentation of ‘The 50 Days that Changed Europe’ at The Centre, Brussels. From left to right: Peter Spiegel (Brussels Bureau Chief Financial Times); Hanneke Siebelink; Paul Adamson (Chairman of The Centre); Aurelie Valtat (Council of the European Union); and Jean-Claude Piris (former Director General of the Council Secretariat, Legal Service).
Hanneke invited by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy: ‘What is the secret?’ she asked him. ’27 presidents and prime ministers around a common table, each with their own histories and cultures, their own backgrounds, their own aspirations. How do you bridge the differences? How do you find the common way ahead?’
Presentation of Europe Book at Antwerp Book Fair
Hanneke gave up her job at the US Mission to the EU to write a book on Abraham Lincoln. ‘I read lots of books, have fun with my boys, play the piano and write a few hours every day’, she explained to a reporter who picked up on her decision. ‘That’s almost a new fulltime job’.