Europæus norvegicus means a Norwegian European. In this blog I am commenting on topical and not-so-topical issues from my personal, European-Norwegian point of view. I will write in Norwegian when my primary audience is Norwegian and in English on themes of wider European or international interest.
Pope Pius II (1458-1464) pioneered the usage of the word europæus in Latin. He used it interchangeably with Christian, i.e. a member of Christendom. But in modern times the term has become secularised. The French poet, essayist and philosopher Paul Valéry expressed the modern meaning as follows in 1922 (the post-modern sense is less clear):
These, it seems to me, are the three essential conditions that define a true European, a man in whom the European mind can come to its full realisation. Wherever the names of Cæsar, Cajus, Trajan, and Virgil, of Moses and St. Paul and of Aristotle, Plato, and Euclid have had simultaneous meaning and authority, there is Europe. Every race and land that has been successively Romanised, Christianised, and, as regards the mind, disciplined by the Greeks, is absolutely European (quoted by de Rougemont 1966, 367).
The author, Tore Nedrebø, was born in 1957 in Voss, Norway. I have a doctoral degree in comparative politics from the University of Bergen and I have worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo since 1986. I was posted to Prague 1988-90, Bonn 1990-1994, was head of the Ministry’s European Policy Section 20001-2005, was posted to Abuja (Nigeria) as ambassador 2005-2009. After that I worked in the Ministry’s International Development Section, until 1 January 2013 when I took over a new position as coordinator of research. From September 2015 to August 2018, I was Norway’s ambassador to Pakistan, residing in Islamabad. Now I am back in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, dealing mainly with Germany in the Department for Europe.
You may read my doctoral dissertation from 2010, «Past and Present Sources of European Union. A Comparative, Historical-Institutionalist Interpretation» here.
The opinions I express here are personal and should not be identified with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.