“What are the limits of our personal liberty?”

Debating Europe


Debating Europe

The Corona pandemic confronts policy-makers and societies all over the world with the question of how far individual freedoms may be curtailed in the public interest.

Mandatory vaccination schemes further exacerbate this debate. The climate crisis, however, also often requires individuals to make painful changes in their personal lifestyle choices. How can this be reconciled with the principles of a liberal society? A high-calibre panel, chaired by Standard editor Eric Frey, will address these questions at Vienna’s Burgtheater on Sunday, 13 February. 

Sign "Please wear an FFP2 mask. Thank you!"  in the foyer of Burgtheater Vienna. Photo: Franz Krása
“Please wear an FFP2 mask. Thank you!” Sign in the foyer of Burgtheater Vienna. Photo: FM Krasa

With Dorothee von Laer – physician and virologist, University Innsbruck, Katharina Rogenhofer – climate activist, co-initiator of the Fridays for Future movement in Austria, Wolfgang Merkel – political scientist, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Veit Dengler – Manager, Co-founder of NEOS, Visiting Fellow, Oxford University.

Chaired by: Eric Frey, Der Standard

The discussion will be held in German.

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.

Google Maps

By loading the map, you agree to Google's privacy policy.
Learn more

Load map

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.