I’m Burkhard Balz, a lawyer and trained banker from Germany. A united Europe and safe, well-functioning financial markets are my political passion. I am also passionate about football and I love the games of Hannover 96, the Bundesliga club in my constituency. Highlights from a European perspective are certainly the games of the UEFA Europa League and Champions League, where teams and fans from all over Europe come together. It is enriching to share passions and traditions across Europe, be it in EU policy-making or football!