Is there a chance for peace in the Middle East?

Debating Europe


Debating Europe

The brutal massacre by Hamas on October 7, 2023 and Israel’s subsequent military operation in the Gaza strip opened new rifts between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world and dimmed the already weak hopes for reconciliation and peace in the region.

When the war ends, however, the question of solutions for the conflict may return to the political agenda.  Can Europe, and not only the US, play a role in that process? A prominent international panel will discuss this and related questions on Sunday, January 21, on the stage of the Vienna Burgtheater.


Rula Hardal – co-director of “A Land For All – Two States, One Homeland,” political scientist at the Shalom Hartman Institute and at the Arab-American University
Gudrun Harrer – Journalist and Middle East expert
Alexander Schallenberg – Austrian Foreign Minister
Dahlia Scheindlin – Political and strategic consultant, policy analyst at Century International and author of The Crooked Timber of Democracy in Israel: Promise Unfulfilled (2023)

Moderation Misha Glenny – Rector, IWM

The event is 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  BurgtheaterERSTE Foundation, Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) 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.