Roland Freudenstein was born 1960 in Bonn, Germany. After 2 year voluntary military service he studied political science, economics, Japan studies and international relations in Bonn and Los Angeles. He was a research fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Bonn, then foreign and security planning staff of the European Commission in Brussels. Subsequently, Director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Then representative of Hamburg to the EU. Since 2008, Policy Director of the Brussels-based Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think tank of the European People’s Party. He writes about European integration, security, German-Polish relations, the new Russian threat and global democracy support.