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Rupert Strachwitz

Rupert Strachwitz is a political scientist and historian. He has been involved with not-for-profit organizations for well over 30 years – as a volunteer, staff member, board member, consultant, researcher and lecturer.

Today, he is Executive Director of the Maecenata Foundation, a Berlin-based Think Tank on Civil Society and Philanthropy, and also heads the Maecenata Institute, the foundation’s policy and research centre.

He served as member of the German Federal Parliament Commission on Civic Action (1999 to 2002). He also chaired the European Policy Working Group of Europa Nostra (2004–2010), served on the board of the Fondazione Cariplo, Milan/Italy (2000–2007), as well as a number of other nongovernmental organizations at home and abroad.

He is Vice-Chairman of the German British Society, Berlin. Earlier in his career, he worked for the head office of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome and was regional director of the German Order of Malta Ambulance Corps.

He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Muenster, Germany, where he submitted a thesis on the legitimacy of foundations.

He graduated with an M.A. in 1974 with a thesis on The Levellers, a 17th century English citizens’ action group, after studying Political Science, History and History of Art at Colgate University, Hamilton (New York) and the University of Munich, Germany.

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Articles by Rupert Strachwitz

Merkel´s Bismarck Moment 2020/21

Will Germany learn to live up to the harder part of its global responsibilities?

November 18, 2020

Japan’s Imperial Misunderstanding

The abdication of Emperor Akihito of Japan causes us to rethink the nature of his rule.

April 30, 2019

Can Germany Provide Global Solutions?

Germany’s leaders talk about taking on more responsibilities in world affairs. But the country’s government struggles with even basic forms of efficiency.

March 21, 2019

Brexit: Britain Entering a State of Emergency

It seems less likely by the day that Britain can solve its Brexit problem in an orderly parliamentary process. The question is whether there are other options.

December 18, 2018

What Mrs. Merkel’s Travel Trouble Says About Germany

The German Chancellor’s delayed arrival at the G-20 Summit is a telling tale of more widespread dysfunction in Germany’s public sector.

December 3, 2018

UK: Slave to Europe?

With Brexit, the British government remains depressingly out of touch with the world.

September 16, 2018

Brexit’s Real Purpose: Killing the EU?

From Murdoch to Mercer, there are deep-pocketed billionaires around the world that want to see the EU emasculated, if not abolished.

April 10, 2017

Toward a Europe of the Regions? Brexit’s Real Implications

What do European citizens and politicians need to think about after the British vote?

July 14, 2016