Debating Europe: What is Europe’s role in the world?


The roles have been reversed in recent years: Suddenly, Europe is in the pillory at international meetings. The U.S. president is giving good advice on how to overcome the debt crisis. Regarding foreign policy, the European Union is  still not an important player as the Middle East conflict shows. While Europe is busy with the Euro crisis, Asia and Latin America are economically on the rise. The USA is more and more turning away from Europe and turning towards the Pacific region. Is Europe only a historical Disneyland, as the historian Walter Laqueur once said? Or does the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize show that Europe acts in an exemplary manner by avoiding wars and building relationships with developing countries not only for economic reasons? These questions will be discussed at the next event of  “Debating Europe” at Burgtheater.

On the Panel: Roland Berger (German entrepreneur, consultant and philanthropist), Benita Ferrero-Waldner (former European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy), Klaus Hänsch (former President of the European Parliament) and Jean Ziegler (Sociologist and globalization critic)
Moderation: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Der Standard)

Date: Sunday, 13 January 2013, 11.00
Venue: Burgtheater, Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna

Event takes place in German language.

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