Can Europe create peace?

Debating Europe


Debating Europe

The war in Ukraine has united the EU, but it is also brutally confronting us with very fundamental questions. It is a European war, and as such it lengthens the already long shadows of the violent twentieth century. What is our talk of “lasting peace” worth, when its intellectual foundations are being shaken, and our security is imperiled in the face of violence, displacement, and nuclear threat? Do European democracies need to arm themselves and confront external aggression, or do these policies undermine the EU’s aspiration as a peace project? 


Claudia Gamon – Member of the European Parliament (NEOS)

Masha Gessen – Russian-American author and essayist

Philipp Ther – Professor at the Institute for the History of East Central Europe (University of Vienna), head of the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET)

Karolina Wigura – sociologist, Robert Bosch Academy and Kultura Liberalna

Chaired by: Eric Frey, Der Standard

The discussion will be 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 the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)BurgtheaterERSTE Foundation 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.