Martin Sonneborn

Mr. Sonneborn Goes to Brussels – Adventures in the European Parliament

Herr Sonneborn geht nach Brüssel

Mr. Sonneborn Goes to Brussels – Adventures in the European Parliament

How does Europe work? A satirist puts EU representatives to the test

The adventure begins in the spring of 2014. Unexpectedly, Martin Sonneborn, former editor-in-chief of the satire magazine Titanic, is elected to the EU Parliament – as the sole representative of his party (“Die Partei,” or “The Party”). And now that he’s there anyway, he decides to find out: How does Europe work?

At first, it’s like a field day for grown-ups, with Europeans speaking 24 different native languages all coming together. They don’t know each other, but are supposed to make policy together. And the years ahead prove to be turbulent: an expanding EU, Brexit, privacy policies, the Catalonian crisis and the relationship between the US and Russia. Policy is made by people – by independents like the Polish monarchist, who wants to do away with women’s suffrage; by Alessandra Mussolini, Il Duce’s granddaughter, who made it into parliament thanks to Berlusconi’s legendary “shameless trashy” list of candidates; as well as by members of the major parties.

Martin Sonneborn’s book is a humorous look behind the scenes at the EU Parliament. His judgment is unerring (mostly) and readers of his book will laugh a lot – and finally understand how policy is made in Europe.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05261-9
release: 07. March 2019
432 pages, Flexcover


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About the Author

Martin Sonneborn, co-publisher of the satirical magazine Titanic, was born in Göttingen in 1965. He studied journalism, German language and literature and political science in Münster, Vienna and Berlin. He wrote his master’s thesis about the absolute ineffectiveness of modern satire. He thinks it’s funny that, despite his conclusive scientific arguments at the time, he is now a member of the EU Parliament.