Written by Former Members

“ In praise of the Assembly, however (Elogio dell'Assemblea, tuttavia) ” by Andrea Manzella, Mucchi, 2020

“This incisive booklet – written in the midst of a pandemic, while governments are following one another in adopting regulations that are causing <a significant problem of democratic quality> – is an intense warning to the political world to restore the strength and centrality of parliaments: “leaving the old rooms”, facing challenges, innovating in tune with the European Union. The horizon outlined is that of giving a breath of fresh air and a soul to a struggling democracy. It is precisely in the vitality of the parliamentary assemblies that democracy can find its regenerative strength.”

Gerardo Bianco
EPP, Italy (1994-1999)

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"A European conscience: Hans-Gert Pöttering - Biography" By Michael Gehler and Marcus Gonscher, published by Verlag Herder, 2020

“We all have questions about what is happening in our world, about the great achievements such as the founding of the European Union, as well as about the many challenges that arise internally and externally. This is where Hans-Gert Pöttering provides individual answers. These are not just the small steps of a convinced European, but a great understanding and knowledge of the need for a united Europe based on solidarity.”

Brigitte Langenhagen
EPP-ED, Germany (1990-2004)

“Talking to North Korea: Ending the Nuclear Standoff” by Glyn Ford, published by Pluto Press, 2018.

“This is a serious and well-researched book. Glyn Ford, a former leader of British Labour MEPs, has put his experience from over fifty visits to the DPRK (North Korea) to good use in an update to his 2008 book “North Korea on the Brink: Struggle for Survival”

Anita Pollack
PES, United Kingdom (1989-1999)

“Start up Europe” by Zofia Mazej Kuković, self-released, 2016

“Ms. Zofija Kuković offers a comprehensive account of her activities during her mandate in the book “START UP EUROPE”. The book is also of use to present and future MEPs, especially for those that wish to pursue work in the fields that Ms. Kuković has specialised in.”

Maria da Graça Carvalho
EPP, Portugal (2009-2014)