Debating Europe: “Europe Drifting: What is to be done?”


The European Union is at a crossroads. After decades of peace and prosperity it is confronted with the deepest questions concerning its future. Old ways are insufficient to deal with the present challenges. There is a stultifying lack of leadership beyond pronouncements of a will to change ingrained habits. Yet, challenges, internal and external must be addressed without pause if Europe is to survive. There is a need to consolidate what it has achieved until now. But more importantly the need to stem the dynamics that are creating gaps and divides that could tear it apart. The citizens of Europe are angry about their present predicament and fearful of the future, they do not trust their elites and are seeking answers in the voices of Sirens offering seemingly quick solutions.

Discussion with Karin Kneissl (Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs), Natalie Nougayrede (Journalist at The Guardian, former journalist at Le Monde), Vesna Pusic (former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia), Norbert Röttgen (Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, CDU)

Moderation: Ivan Vejvoda, IWM Permanent Fellow

In English.

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Debating Europe

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.

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.