I am Paulo Rangel, an MEP from Portugal since 2009 and Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group, where I’m responsible for the Group’s political strategy and think tank, the European Ideas Network. I have divided my professional and civic activities between advocacy, universities and politics. I became parliamentary leader of the PSD in 2008. My interests in legal and political science have led me to publish a number of books, including ‘Repensar o Poder Judicial’, ‘O estado do Estado’, and ‘Uma Democracia sustentável’. In the European Parliament, I have served as the Chair of the Delegation for relations with Brazil, Vice-Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and as a member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, among other things.