The European Union is at a crossroads. After decades of peace and prosperity it is confronted with the deepest questions concerning its future. Old ways are insufficient to deal with the present challenges. There is a stultifying lack of leadership beyond pronouncements of a will to change ingrained habits. Yet, challenges, internal and external must be addressed without pause if Europe is to survive. There is a need to consolidate what it has achieved until now. But more importantly the need to stem the dynamics that are creating gaps and divides that could tear it apart. The citizens of Europe are angry about their present predicament and fearful of the future, they do not trust their elites and are seeking answers in the voices of Sirens offering seemingly quick solutions.
Karin Kneissl (Austrian Minister of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs)
Natalie Nougayrede (Journalist The Guardian, before Le Monde)
Vesna Pusić (Former Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs; member, IWM Board of Trustees)
Norbert Röttgen (Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, CDU)
Ivan Vejvoda, IWM Permanent Fellow
A cooperation of Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), ERSTE Foundation, Burgtheater and derSTANDARD.