Europe’s Futures

We need platforms to renew and re-invent Europe. In cooperation with leading European organisations and think tanks IWM and ERSTE Foundation have joined forces to tackle some of the most crucial topics: asylum and migration, rule of law and democracy, European enlargement and social inclusion. We are creating a network of important EU actors, in particular between Austria, the Visegrád 4 countries and South-Eastern Europe. Europe’s Futures has clear objectives: a European Union that protects its citizens and offers more sustainable livelihoods than before; where Member States defend the fundamental values of a democratic order and rule of law; and where countries such as Austria continue to protect the Union’s democratization and enlargement agenda.

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Europe (both as idea and as geography) finds itself confronted with challenges of a magnitude it has not experienced since the crises of the 1930s. In a time of deep uncertainty about the future, societies and individuals are confronted with the complexity of political, economic and social dynamics and thus are losing, or perceiving that they are losing, a sense of stability. Public discontent is palpable.

Trust in institutions is faltering, social capital is eroding, economic growth is in question, demographic decline in some countries, nationalism is growing and the fear of the “other” in whichever guise (migrant, foreigner) is seen as endangering one’s sense of community and identity.

Europe and the liberal democratic order based on the rule of law are being challenged internally and externally.

Citizens of Europe are feeling that they are losing what Machiavelli called the vivere civile vivere libero – civic engagement, civic participation coupled with a sense of possibility to voice their views in the sphere of the political. In an atmosphere of discontent with elites and institutions, with feelings that paths towards a better more prosperous future are closed, simplistic, populist, nationalist solutions appear. Turning inwards, relying on one’s own community, nation, state, believing that on our own, without others, we shall somehow regain our wealth stability, prosperity, certainty about the future – is an illusion.

In a Europe that faces a North-South and a West-East divide, 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 the enumerated challenges. Beyond reacquiring a sense of certainty it is imperative to open the path to a future, to solutions that can make these societies prosperous again.

Europe has lived through dark and difficult times, no matter how protracted these times were, it emerged from them to consolidate and prosper. Europe’s futures lie in the hands of its citizens.

Led by Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures sets out to research some of the key risks and problems Europe and its liberal democratic order are facing. A step further, findings will shape practical responses and solutions to be advocated for in unison with a pan-European network of partners.

Further details on: www.europesfutures.eu

An initiative by  ERSTE Foundation and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)

  

 

Europe’s Futures Events

Since its inception in 2017, the Europe’s Futures project has organized and (co)hosted numerous events in Vienna and abroad.

Head of Program

Fellows and Guests

  • Alison Smale

    Veteran editor and correspondent, The New York Times, The International Herald, Associated Press

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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  • Teresa Reiter

    Head of Communications at Forum Alpbach, Western Balkans, and political activism expert, Vienna

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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  • Kapka Kassabova

    Writer of narrative non-fiction, fiction and poetry, Scotland

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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  • Judy Dempsey

    Journalist and Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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  • Julia De Clerck-Sachsse

    Diplomat and former Senior Adviser in the Policy Planning Staff of the European External Action Service

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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  • Srdjan Cvijic

    Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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  • Dimitar Bechev

    Adjunct Professor, European Studies and International Relations, University of Sofia

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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  • Ioannis Armakolas

    ELIAMEP, The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy

    Europe’s Futures, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow
    (September 2020 – June 2021)
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Former Fellows and Guests