US Elections 2020: A Fateful Decision for the United States, Europe and the World?

Europa im Diskurs


The election of Donald Trump as 45th president four years ago was a sea change in many ways, but above all a sign of rising populism and a changing world order. His tenure has unsettled the transatlantic relationship, questioned the nature of multilateralism by insisting on transactional relations, doubted the need for NATO. In recent months, not only the fight against the coronavirus, but also the newly inflamed debate on structural racism have dominated the country’s domestic political discourse, which has generated global resonance far beyond the borders of the US.

Europe and the EU have in turn come to realize that more European sovereignty and strategic autonomy are crucial in this tumultuous world. What would Donald Trump’s re-election mean for the world order as China becomes more assertive? What will change for the relation with Europe and more generally for the future of the world? Would a Joe Biden victory return foreign policy relations to a status quo ante, or is the world already in a “new normal”?

With Steven Erlanger, Chief diplomatic correspondent Europe, The New York Times, Eva Nowotny, Diplomat and former Austrian ambassador to the USA and Timothy Snyder, Historian at Yale University, IWM Permanent Fellow and author of Die amerikanische Krankheit (September 2020)

Chaired by Ivan Vejvoda, Politikwissenschaftler; IWM Permanent Fellow; Leiter des Projekts Europe Future’s

In English

Entrance fee: EUR 7,-

Length: 90 minutes, no break

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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.

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.