Robert Menasse


Mercator Fellowship Program

Granting institution

Period of the Fellowship

April 2014 - January 2015

Project title

Development of the European Model of Democracy

Project description

Robert Menasse is exploring whether and how a European model of democracy is possible. He travels to Brussels, Berlin, Essen and other European cities to research, present his work and take part in events.

Short biography

Robert Menasse is an Austrian novelist and essayist. He studied German, philosophy and political science in Vienna, Salzburg and Messina. In the 1980s, he was visiting professor of European Literature at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Robert Menasse has received several literary awards, among them the Max-Frisch-Preis of the city of Zurich in 2014. He writes about the future of Europe and the European Union, reconstructing the EU idea, criticizing tendencies of re-nationalization, and anti-European integration movements.