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DPIR student wins NORTIA’s student essay competition with co-authored paper

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    Left to right: Patricia Senge, DPIR, and Mathias Weidinger, Maastricht University and UNU Merit

Patricia Senge, MPhil in European Politics and Society, and Mathias Weidinger, Maastricht University and UNU Merit, have won the NORTIA student essay competition.

Their winning paper, ‘MEPs’ Receptiveness to Third Country Interests in the Framework of ACP-EU Parliamentary Diplomacy’, explores how the EU has reacted to states in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific while forming its own conclusions for the future of EU-ACP relations.

Patricia researches European foreign policy, focusing on European human rights relations with China. In the past, she has worked for the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore and the German mission to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. She holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University.

Mathias researches how people respond to adversities such as poverty, climate change, hazardous working conditions or political upheaval. He holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University and is currently working on a Research Masters in Economics and an MSc in Public Policy (Social Protection) in Maastricht.

The NORTIA student essay competition looks for outstanding research essays by Masters students, which offer an ‘innovative and creative approach’ to policy and politics issues. This year’s competition focused on the theme, ‘50 years of European foreign policy cooperation’.