Marthe Hoffmann, 23
Occupation: Lawyer specialised in EU competition law
Languages spoken: Luxembourgish, French, German, English
“Growing up in Luxembourg, in the cradle of the EU, I believe that I have benefited from the European venture in a very idiosyncratic way which pushes me to stand up for it now as it is teetering on the edge of a precipice.
My family is from the picturesque village Machtum in the Mosel Region, where I also spent my childhood. My mother tongue is therefore Luxembourgish but I had the chance to complete my education at the European School of Luxembourg in a French-speaking class, which means that I grew up trilingual, among school friends from almost every country in the EU.
This experience forged my truly European identity and drew me to a complete a trilingual Law School Program in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
However, I am largely unsatisfied with the current framework mainly because it is undemocratic. I am convinced the European Union needs a structural reform which should in the first place aim at creating a European demos. Volt, a dynamic community of Europeans, represents the opportunity for me to actively try to shape the future of the EU in this respect.”