Debating Europe: Money and Morals – Is Europe’s system of values endangered?


26 February 2012, 11 am
Burgtheater, Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 2, 1010 Vienna

The social market economy has been the dominant system in continental Europe ever since the end of the Second World War. However, since the financial crisis of 2008/09 and the euro crisis, this system has begun to crumble. Social security systems are threatened by market speculation, governments have to generate billions of euros in tax revenue to rescue banks, and corruption and fraud have put the European solidarity model to a crucial test. Public welfare is no longer the focus of political action and rating agencies determine political decisions. Can politics still act autonomously or has it been subordinated to the economy? What does that mean for our system of values in Europe? Can misinformation and mistakes be avoided by transparency? Is politics corrupt? Which figure or institution can still be considered as moral authorities?

These issues will be discussed by Gesine Schwan, political scientist and SPD candidate for the German federal presidency 2005/2009, Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, Heiner Geißler, CDU politician and former German federal minister, and cardinal Christoph Schönborn, catholic theologian and Archbishop of Vienna.
Moderated by: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, chief editor DER STANDARD

Debate in German Language

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