Debates

The public debates, reflect the Institute’s political and practical interests, i.e., to discuss openly the self-understanding of the society we are living in. Many of these debates are conceived as long-term series.

October 2012

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Oct
2012

Open Self-Government and Participatory Democracy

Politics on the level of cities are closer to the individual, and one can expect citizens to be more engaged than with general politics. Still, across Europe there is a growing distrust in politicians, and political fatigue. The Mayor of Bratislava will discuss strategies for better citizen’s involvement, for the benefit of the inhabitants of …
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September 2012

09
Sep
2012

The Future of the Euro

As a guest of the Institute for Human Sciences and its Political Salon US financier and philanthropist George Soros discussed the future of the Euro with invited representatives of Austrian public life. In his introductory statement he presented his vision of how the European financial crisis can be solved. His considerations were commented by Austrian …
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July 2012

04
Jul
2012

Die Hoffnung der Städte

Die IWM Diskussionsreihe „City Talks“ lädt Bürgermeister europäischer und amerikanischer Städte nach Wien ein und fragt nach ihren Visionen für die Lebenswelt Stadt im 21. Jahrhundert. Zur zweiten Veranstaltung dieser Reihe begrüßt das IWM am 4. Juli 2012 Olaf Scholz, den Ersten Bürgermeister der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg. Der ehemalige Arbeitsminister und Vizevorsitzende der SPD …
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May 2012

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May
2012

Humanitarian Crisis Response

Political Salon The EU-Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response will discuss the role of the European Union as the largest supplier of humanitarian aid in the world, and the challenges that current world developments present to that role. There is a prevailing conviction that the financial crisis has forced Europeans to look …
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15
May
2012

The New Class Divide and the American Election

Political Salon There is a new and growing class divide in the U.S. But what are its fundamental causes? And how will it affect the upcoming presidential election? Two rival narratives about the class in America are now developing: one focusing on economic developments that have taken place over the last fifty years, the other …
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08
May
2012

Between Dog and Wolf: Russian Society in Quest of its Path for Freedom

Political Salon As Russia emerges from its season of elections and protests, frustrations and hopes, the real question is not what the next government will do, but where Russian society is heading to. At the end of November 2011, a week before the parliamentary elections, journalists, sociologists and political analysts alike unanimously were pointing out …
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March 2012

29
Mar
2012

The French Presidential Election

Political Salon On April 22 and May 6th, the French will elect the man who, for the next 5 years, will be their president. Will Nicolas Sarkozy be reelected? Or will François Hollande be able to bring the socialist party back to the Elysée, 17 years after François Mitterrand? To what extent does Marine Le …
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11
Mar
2012

Der Staat und die Krise

Diskussion mit: Alfred Gusenbauer, Christopher Lauer, Katherine S. Newman und Lilia Shevtsova. Moderation: Ivan Krastev Series: Debating Europe / Europa im Diskurs Die gegenwärtige wirtschaftliche und politische Krise Europas ist von beunruhigenden Paradoxien gekennzeichnet: Die demokratischen Institutionen sind transparenter als je zuvor, aber noch nie war das Vertrauen in sie auf einem solchen Tiefpunkt. Noch …
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February 2012

26
Feb
2012

Geld und Moral

Diskussion mit: Peter Eigen, Heiner Geißler, Christoph Kardinal Schönborn und Gesine Schwan. Moderation: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid Series: Debating Europe / Europa im Diskurs [ Download 100MB ] (right click & “save target as”) Die soziale Marktwirtschaft war seit dem Ende des 2. Weltkriegs das vorherrschende Modell in Kontinentaleuropa. Seit der Finanzkrise 2008/2009 und den Turbulenzen rund …
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January 2012

22
Jan
2012

Ist die Einheit Europas in Gefahr?

Diskussion mit: Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Dimitris Droutsas, Peer Steinbrück und Iveta Radicova Moderation: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid Series: Debating Europe / Europa im Diskurs [ Download 99MB ] (right click & “save target as”) Bericht: “Man hat uns das Messer an den Hals gesetzt” Gianluca Wallisch, DER STANDARD; Print-Ausgabe, 23.1.2012 Die Krise rund um den Euro hat zu …
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