Joachim Fritz-Vannahme was born in Halle (Saale) in 1955. He studied history, political sciences and German studies at the University of Freiburg. Vannahme worked for several years as a correspondent for the weekly newspaper »Die Zeit« in Paris, Bonn and Brussels, and held the position of deputy editor-in-chief as well as head of the Science and Politics sections. From 2001 to 2009, he also was a member of the Franco-German Cultural Council. Since 2007, Fritz-Vannahme has served as the director of the Bertelsmann foundation program »Future of Europe«.
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