Debating Europe: Do We Live in Revolutionary Times?

Are we facing a turning point? The period, which began with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain more than a quarter of a century ago, is coming to an end. Many people believed that 1989 was a revolution without counter-revolution. Is this now the backlash: Brexit, Donald Trump in the US and a EU which has to cope with increasing centrifugal forces? Will globalization again be followed by nationalism? But there is also a growing unrest in the societies of the individual states. The gap between the rich and the poor is increasing in Europe as well. The “establishment” is a topic of the political debate. Are there any revolutionary developments that could turn our society upside down and pose a threat to our democracy? Issues to discuss in a year that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Russian Revolution.

Sunday, 19 February 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Burgtheater, Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna

On the panel:

Ágnes Heller,  Emerita Professor for Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, New York City
Philipp Blom, author and historian, Vienna
Karel Schwarzenberg, former Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic; Chairman of the Advisory Board of IWM, Vienna
Hans-Christian Ströbele, Member of the Bundestag, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Berlin

Host: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard, Vienna

The debate will be held in German and English, no translation is provided.

Debating Europe is a matinée series of public debates which take place at the  Burgtheater Vienna. It brings leading politicians, scholars and intellectuals together on-stage to discuss the self-understanding of the society in which we live, thus contributing to an emerging European public sphere. The debates have addressed essential European issues, such as solidarity, EU’s foreign policy, Europe twenty years after 1989, and the definition of Europe’s borders. Debating Europe is a cooperation of Burgtheater, ERSTE Foundation, the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and Der Standard.

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