Biden or Trump? The US Elections and Their Impact on Europe

Debating Europe


Debating Europe

Americans go to the polls in November to elect a new president. Or rather an old president for the second time. Incumbent Joe Biden boasts an impressive economic record but has been less assured handling the dramatic and violent events overseas, notably the Russo-Ukrainian war and the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Former president, Donald Trump, dominates the Republican Party in Congress but is battling several civil and criminal court cases.

Europe looks on nervously at this battle of the gerontocrats: The decision in the USA will have a massive impact on the debates in the EU on future defence policy, trade policy and climate policy. April’s Debating Europe event at the Burgtheater brings together leading policy makers and scholars from America and Europe to assess the prospects for the election, and the impact of its possible outcomes on Europe, Ukraine and the Middle East. 


Kim Darroch – diplomat
Marlène Laruelle – historian
Mark Medish – policy consultant
Eva Nowotny – diplomat

Moderation Misha Glenny – rector, IWM

The event is held in English.

Tickets and more information: Europa im Diskurs – Debating Europe | Burgtheater

Debating Europe – Europa im Diskurs

This series of public morning debates brings leading politicians, scientists and intellectuals on to the stage of Vienna’s Burgtheater to discuss topical issues of political and social relevance. This long-standing event is a collaborative production of  BurgtheaterERSTE Foundation, Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and Austrian daily DER STANDARD.

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.