The world of ideas

by Lorenzo Piccoli

Last week we had a welcome cerimony here at the EUI. During his welcome speech, our new President, Joseph H. H. Weiler congratulated us for having chosen to pursue a Ph.D. in humanities, thus devoting our life to the “world of ideas”.

I could finally catch the subtle nuisances implied in this statement only yesterday, when it took us (meant: Jonas and I) four and a half hours to build an Ikea wardrobe that you can normally set up in 30 minutes.