Katarína Stratená is a graduate of a double degree program European Studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg (Germany). She holds a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra (Slovakia). In the nearest future Katarína plans to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Flensburg. Her primary area of research is focused on social welfare and trans-national and supra-national solidarity within the EU. Her other research interests include the Roma minority in Europe. Katarína is also interested in the topic of European integration in the context of the current EU crisis.