Debating Europe: Is European unity in danger?


22 January 2012, 11 am
Burgtheater, Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 2, 1010 Vienna

The crisis surrounding the euro has created deep disparities. Germany and France are leading the way, while the other states feel pushed to the brink.

Not all member states see it as their responsibility to pay for the financial problems of other states. The euro crisis has forced a change of government in Greece, Italy and Slovakia. Some propose splitting up the euro area or excluding individual countries. By concentrating on these issues, we are heading towards a two-speed Europe and many see the European Union itself in danger. Are we facing a rift within the European Union? Is the euro zone still attractive to those who are not yet part of it? Hasn’t solidarity been overused already? Do we need new contracts and regulations to face these issues?

This topic will be discussed by Iveta Radičová (Slovak Prime Minister), Peer Steinbrück (former German Minister of Finance), Daniel Cohn-Bendit (Co-president of the European Greens – European Free Alliance at the European Parliament), Dimitris Droutsas (Member of European Parliament, former Greek Foreign Minister; MEP).
Moderation: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Der Standard)

Tickets for the debate are available at the Burgtheater box office:
Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 2, 1010 Vienna
Phone +43 (0)1 513 15 13

The series Debating Europe is a cooperation of ERSTE Foundation, DER STANDARD, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) and Burgtheater