The sociologist Philipp Hessel wrote his master’s thesis on “Globalization or Europeanization of Social Inequality? Determinants of Income Inequality in 15 Member Countries of the European Union: 1994–2006.” Nina Bußmann wrote her magister thesis in literary studies on “Fictional Regional and Cultural Studies and Melancholic Geography as Demonstrated in Texts of the Anthology The Last & Lost. Ein Atlas des verschwindenden Europas.”
Two other awards went to graduates of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and one to a graduate of Technische Universität Berlin.
Dr. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Vice President of the European Parliament, was scheduled to attend the award ceremony and present a lecture on “Kunduz, Copenhagen, Credit Crunch – Is Europe Ready to Meet the Foreign Policy, Energy, and Economic Policy Challenges?”