Frank Herterich was born in Regensburg in 1943. He studied social sciences and economics at the universities of Munich, Chicago and Berlin. From 1999 to 2008, he was responsible for policies on the Balkans and Turkey at the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. He was a founding member of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly and supported the civil rights movements in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest in their struggle for freedom and a post-Yalta Europe in the 1980s. As an urban sociologist he has published widely on the future of cities. Herterich co-authored the 2011 manifesto »Mehr Europa wagen« (tr. Take a chance with more Europe).