Margriet Krijtenburg

Margriet Krijtenburg studied Spanish philology at the University of Utrecht and wrote her doctoral thesis in Salamanca about the Spanish philosopher and writer Unamuno. To understand his thoughts she began to study his faith, Catholicism, and became Roman Catholic. In 1983 Margriet obtained her Master Degree in Spanish Philology. She started teaching and simultaneously studied English and European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained two Master degrees in 1987 and 1988.

Her doctoral thesis for European Studies was entitled “European Union, a new Utopia?” Her doctoral thesis for English was on Shakespeare’s Richard III. In 1992 she left for Rome where she studied philosophy and theology for two and a half years.

At the beginning of 1995 she went to India where she stayed for eight years and worked among others as Director of the University Exchange Programme India-Europe. Back in The Netherlands she taught European Integration and Spanish at Windesheim University (Zwolle), Fontys University (Venlo) and since 2004 at the Academy of European Studies & Communication Management of The Hague University.

In September 2008 Margriet began to work on her dissertation Schuman’s Europe and his frame of reference for European unification which she finished in 2012. Margriet is married and has had foster children for several years. 

After Brexit, what can revitalise the European Union?
31 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: European Union, european union, human dignity, Robert Schuman, robert schuman, solidarity
The principles of its founding father, says a Robert Schuman scholar.

What ails Europe?
1 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, European identity, European Union, Pope Francis
Pope Francis says that it is weariness, ageing and loneliness.

Only 60 years overdue
19 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: European Union, Nobel Peace Prize, Robert Schuman
Despite its critics in the Anglosphere, the European Union has been a great force for peace after centuries of strife. It deserves its Nobel Peace Prize.

Europe’s crisis: unification without a unifying spirit
21 Dec 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: European Union
A founding father of the EU would not be surprised at the problems it is facing.

Could the Asian Schuman please stand up?
11 Mar 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Asia, Christianity, European Union, Robert Schuman
Southeast Asian nations aspire to EU-style economic union, but do they have what it takes?

The roots of European unity
14 Aug 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, European Union, human dignity, Robert Schuman
Without the moral vision of its founding fathers the new Europe is a hollow and fragile achievement.

Europe: In the service of human dignity
30 May 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: European Union, human dignity, Robert Schuman
Robert Schuman, acclaimed as the Father of Europe, drew his ideal of solidarity from the Christian faith.

Gandhi’s ideals a model for Europe
24 May 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: European Union, Gandhi
Europeans have gone cold on the idea of a European Constitution. Could they learn something from that other 'Asian peninsula'?

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