Debating Europe

European Nation vs. Europe of Nations?


With Constanze Itzel, museum director, House of European History; Ivan Krastev, political scientist and IWM Permanent Fellow; Jacques Rupnik, political scientist and historian; Ruth Wodak, linguist, Lancaster University and Vienna University

Chaired by Ivan Vejvoda, political scientist and head of the Europe’s Futures project

In English

For more than ten years, Debating Europe, a series of public talks with top-class speakers, has turned Vienna’s Burgtheater into a contemporary agora for a day. Prominent international guests from the worlds of politics, economics, science and art share their – at times controversial – views as they discuss highly topical issues concerning the future of Europe. By shaping the discourse, which was (and still is) unthinkable without contradiction, they enable the public to make their own judgements.

The new season’s first debate looks at the possibilities and limitations of a “European nation” as compared to a “Europe of nations”: What has made the nation a successful model? How should we deal with the resurfacing of nationalism and the drift towards isolation? And which imperial legacies play a role in Eastern and Western Europe’s current search for identity?

Entrance fee: EUR 7,–

Reduced tickets (€ 5,-) for Ö1 Club members and with DER STANDARD subscription. Tickets available from the start of the pre-sale (20th of the previous month) at all booking offices and for written orders up to 10 days before the performance day (please include DER STANDARD subscription number). No discounts on phone or online sales with credit cards.

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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.