Europe’s Futures Final Symposium

Wednesday, 12 June 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm, IWM library
We need platforms to renew and reinvent Europe. In cooperation with leading European organisations and think-tanks, IWM and ERSTE Foundation have joined forces to tackle some of the crucially important topics: asylum and migration, rule of law and democracy, European enlargement and social inclusion. Europe’s Futures has clear objectives: a European Union that protects its citizens; where Member States defend the fundamental values of a democratic order and rule of law; and where countries such as Austria continue to forward the Union’s democratisation and enlargement agenda.

Led by Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures worked on individual research and cooperative action, having engaged the first generation of fellows in the academic 20018/19. The results of their work and research findings will shape practical responses and solutions advocated for in a pan-European network of partners. On this Final Symposium we shall present and discuss these achievements.


9:30 Opening Words
Ivan Vejvoda, Head of “Europe’s Futures”

09:40-10:25 Presentation Stefan Lehne
Focus EU: Migration, Reform, Foreign Policy

10:25-11:05 Presentation Tim Judah
Bye Bye Balkans

11:05-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:00 Presentation Rosa Balfour
Europe’s democratic recession and its global role

12:00-12:45 Presentation Piotr Buras (joint work with Gerald Knaus i.a.)
Defending Liberal Europe in 2019

12:45-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30-14:15 Presentation Zsuzsanna Szelenyi
Fighting authoritarianism in Europe – Experiences, reflections and insights
from opposition in Hungary

14:30-15:15 Presentation Luke Cooper
The European Inferno – The long-term roots of the European Union’s current

15:15-15:30 Wrap Up Session
Ivan Vejvoda

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Europe’s Futures, a strategic partnership of ERSTE Foundation and IWM