7th October 2021
The former Director of the Federal Trust, Dr Martyn Bond, discussed his most recent book “Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard”, a biography of Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi.
Coudenhove-Kalergi (RCK) was a central figure in the history of European integration before and after the Second World War, arguing for a united Europe based initially on shared popular enthusiasm throughout Europe rather than on institutional structures. Martyn Bond’s biography is at the same time a narrative of RCK’s colourful life, a history of Europe in the mid-20th century and a meditation upon the clashing philosophies of RCK and Jean Monnet.
Martyn Bond, former European civil servant and BBC foreign correspondent, is a distinguished senior fellow at Regent’s University London and a senior fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is a former Director of the Federal Trust.
His recent book Hitler’s Cosmopolitan Bastard. Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and His Vision of Europe is available here: