We mourn the death of Heinrich Schneider
We mourn the death of Heinrich Schneider, who passed away at the age of 88. We will keep him in grateful memory as someone who was filled with great political passion and who was a member and partner of our institute for many decades. In addition, until recently he was an Honorary Member of our Academic Advisory Board. As an outstanding political scientist and through his comprehensive European commitment, he is seen as a role model for many people. He will be missed as an important voice in European politics.
At the end of the 1950s, Heinrich Schneider, together with Arno Krause, who were both in leadership positions at the “Young European Federalists”, initiated the founding of the Institute for European Politics, originally “Bildungswerk Europäischer Politik”. Schneider initially was the designated director of the “Bildungswerk” before he nominated Arnold Bergsträsser, who he admired as a teacher and thinker, for the position while he decided himself to pursue a university career and habilitate. He then took up a position as a lecturer and deputy director of the “Akademie für Politische Bildung” in Tutzing. He later became a Professor of Political Science in Hanover, going on to be a full Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna, and was the Co-Chair of the Institute for Peace Research of the University of Vienna. He held the Jacques Delors Chair of European Policy of the University Association “ALMA” (Aachen, Liege, Maastricht ) and was also a visiting Professor at the Danube University Krems.
He remained with our institute as Honorary Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board and Honorary Member of the Executive Board as well as Chairman of the Editorial Board of the quarterly journal integration and thus shaped the IEP for decades. As a consultant, lecturer and author of numerous books, essays and series focusing on international politics, European integration, security policy, political education as well as the history and theory of political thought, he was an important contributor to the European political discourse for nearly 60 years.
Heinrich Schneider was awarded several times for his dedication, including the Gregorian Order, the Great Silver Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria and the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Werner Hoyer in the name of the Executive Board
Michael Kreile in the name of the Board of Trustees
Wolfgang Wessels in the name of the Academic Advisory Board
Mathias Jopp in the name of the Managing Directors