Europe is changing. Looking outwards, it has to operate increasingly as a global player; looking inwards, it needs to counter the centrifugal tendencies of some of its member states by strengthening regional cooperations. For a small country like Austria, the latter are crucial, but many neighbouring countries’ internal developments are putting a strain on their relations with Austria. Increasing nationalism informs many Central European countries’ responses to the challenges faced by Europe today. This Political Salon discusses strategies for Austria to play its European role in this the Central European region.
Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Vienna; former Deputy Chancellor of Austria and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe
Head, Foreign Politics Department, Die Presse
IWM Visiting Fellow; Associate Professor of History, Brown University