Eastern-Europeanisation of the West



Martin Pollak in conversation with Michal Hvorecký

It was a double murder that added decisive cracks to the ossified political landscape in Slovakia. The murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancé in February 2018 deeply shocked the country. The nationwide protests continued until the government and the police chief resigned.

Since then a lot has changed. Intellectuals like Michal Hvorecký are the driving forces behind a new citizens’ movement that is committed to the freedom of speech and the empowerment of civil society. The successful Slovak author talks about an “Eastern Europeanization of the West”, in which, of course, Putin has a large say.

Philipp Hauß will read texts by the author.
In German.

Admission: EUR 15,-
10% discount for Erste Bank card holders, upon presentation of the card at the Burgtheater ticket office or the evening box office of Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz.

Tickets raffle:

We are raffling off 7 times 2 tickets each. Register for raffle via e-mail to office@erstestiftung.org.
Registration deadline: 13 March 2019 at 14 p.m.
The winners will be informed by e-mail.

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Cover image: Casino am Schwarzenbergplatz. Photo: © Georg Soulek / Burgtheater


The series of talks Grenzgänger/Grenzdenker (Cross-Border Travellers/Cross-Border Thinkers) is collaborative project of Burgtheaters Vienna and ERSTE Foundation. Media partner: Die Presse.

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.