Debating Europe: "Obama and the Europeans"
28 February 2010, 11 am
Panel discussion in English language
“Yes, we can!” Barack Obama triumphally exclaimed as the new US President elect in November 2008. With “change” as the keyword of his electoral campaign he had become the symbol of hope for millions to both sides of the Atlantic. Little more than a year later, many ask, “Can he?” With such problematic issues as the reform of US health care, the closing down of Guantánamo, battling the economic crisis, solving the Middle East conflict and global climate protection on his To Do list, it is a debatable point if he “can”. Upon being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after only nine months in office even Barack Obama himself doubted that he deserved it, emphasising that he considered the award a call to action. On 28 February Vienna’s Burgtheater will be the stage where politicians and intellectuals will discuss Obama’s politics and his relationship with Europe.
Michael Spindelegger, Austrian foreign minister
Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech/Austrian politician
Ivan Vejvoda, Serbian policy adviser, Balkan Trust for Democracy
Robert Kagan, US writer/publicist, Washington Post e.a.
Stanley Greenberg, US policy adviser, Head of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Washington, DC
Moderation: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-Chief of the Austrian daily Der Standard
Burgtheater, Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 2, 1010 Vienna
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