Vienna Coffee House Conversations with Ivan Vejvoda

“Europe is made up of coffee houses or cafes… Draw the coffee-house map and you have one of the essential markers of the ‘idea of Europe’” (George Steiner )

Vienna Coffee House Conversations podcast series are brought about by Ivan Vejvoda, IWM’s Permanent Fellow and director of Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Action project.

As Europe finds itself confronted with challenges of a magnitude it has not experienced since the crises of the 1930s, it is of the essence to create a space to understand the current dynamics and to bring people from the different corners of Europe to speak and listen to each other on many challenges: rule of law, democratic deterioration, depopulation and migration, unity and solidarity, the wake of Brexit, the enlargement prospects in the Western Balkans.

Expanding that space, Europe’s Futures Fellows and other prominent European experts join Ivan Vejvoda in 30-min episodes with succinct discussion on issues with lines sometimes blurred but importance always clear for the success of the European project.

  • Episode Three: Democracy and Crisis with Wolfgang Merkel

    In our third Vienna Coffee House Conversation Ivan Vejvoda talks to Wolfgang Merkel, professor emeritus of political science at Berlin's Humboldt University, author and editor of numerous influential books - including 2018's Democracy and Crisis: Challenges in Turbulent Times - and a visiting IWM fellow.
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  • Episode Two: EU Enlargement with Srdjan Cvijic

    In our second Vienna Coffee House Conversation, Ivan Vejvoda speaks with Srdjan Cvijic. Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute and Europe's Futures Fellow, Cvijic is a leading advocate on multiple foreign policy portfolios, particularly on the work of keeping the promise of European Union enlargement. In this discussion, Vejvoda and Cvijic dive into the multi-faceted dimensions of this ever-present European issue and consider the apparent fading of the EU's fervour for greater expansion and the dulling of the EU flag's lustre in the ambitions of candidate countries. There has always been a conflict between the desire for a deeper Europe and the desire for a wider one - the thorny question of enlargement is where the Union's frontiers meet the dilemmas at its heart.
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  • Episode One: Russian Influence and Frozen Conflicts with Dimitar Bechev – The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh

    In the first of our series of coffee house conversations, Ivan Vejvoda speaks to Dimitar Bechev - IWM and Atlantic Council fellow, visiting researcher at Oxford and King's college and author of 2017's 'Rival Power: Russia's Influence in Southeast Europe' described in The Economist as 'The right author of the right book at the right time'. 
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Latest Episodes

  • Episode Three: Democracy and Crisis with Wolfgang Merkel

    In our third Vienna Coffee House Conversation Ivan Vejvoda talks to Wolfgang Merkel, professor emeritus of political science at Berlin's Humboldt University, author and editor of numerous influential books - including 2018's Democracy and Crisis: Challenges in Turbulent Times - and a visiting IWM fellow.
    Read more

  • Episode Two: EU Enlargement with Srdjan Cvijic

    In our second Vienna Coffee House Conversation, Ivan Vejvoda speaks with Srdjan Cvijic. Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute and Europe's Futures Fellow, Cvijic is a leading advocate on multiple foreign policy portfolios, particularly on the work of keeping the promise of European Union enlargement. In this discussion, Vejvoda and Cvijic dive into the multi-faceted dimensions of this ever-present European issue and consider the apparent fading of the EU's fervour for greater expansion and the dulling of the EU flag's lustre in the ambitions of candidate countries. There has always been a conflict between the desire for a deeper Europe and the desire for a wider one - the thorny question of enlargement is where the Union's frontiers meet the dilemmas at its heart.
    Read more

  • Episode One: Russian Influence and Frozen Conflicts with Dimitar Bechev – The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh

    In the first of our series of coffee house conversations, Ivan Vejvoda speaks to Dimitar Bechev - IWM and Atlantic Council fellow, visiting researcher at Oxford and King's college and author of 2017's 'Rival Power: Russia's Influence in Southeast Europe' described in The Economist as 'The right author of the right book at the right time'. 
    Read more