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Political Symposium

Politics at the Crossroads


2014 marks the end of 100 years which changed Europe drastically. Only after two devastating wars did Europeans strike a new path of cooperation and integration. 60 years later they seem to be prisoners of fatigue and doubt about the future. What can we learn from the history of the early 20th century in order to take the right decisions for the future? This question is especially pertinent in three domains:

The EU needs a new narrative. An attractive and realistic new European narrative can only emerge bottom-up if new enthusiasm and commitment for European integration is to be created. How can we innovate the EU and strengthen our democracies?

The EU and its neighbours. To ensure stability and norm diffusion, the EU must again invest in its neighbourhood. Ten years ago such investment resulted in the greatest enlargement of the EU. What is Europe's roadmap for a future enlargement and neighbourhood policy?

The EU in the global village. How do we tackle fundamental global challenges like population growth, climate change, external and internal insecurities or social imbalances?

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Political Symposium

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11:00 - 12:30Not Just an IslandCulture
14:00 - 15:30OpeningPlenary
16:00 - 17:30The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern PartnershipPlenary
18:00 - 19:30The European Union in Search of a New NarrativePlenary
19:30 - 20:00Curator's Talk: Art in the Margin of War - War in the Margin of ArtCulture
21:00 - 22:30"Kakanien - New Homelands" Goes Alpbach: And Nobody's There to Understand the Language You're Screaming In...Culture


09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Citizens' Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of DemocracyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its NeighboursBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap - Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCEBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and CrisisBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Contemporary AdvocacyBreakout
12:00 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 07: Europe's Next Generation in the Elections and BeyondBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain - Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the PastBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 09: Beyond European CommunicationBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe - Between Security and CooperationBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: Europe's Periphery at the Crossroads - Consequences for the Common Security and Defence PolicyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and FatigueBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy - Key Questions for the FutureBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation PoliciesBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common FuturePlenary
18:30 - 20:00Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security SectorPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow?Plenary
22:00 - 23:30Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World - How Austrian Success Stories Are WrittenPartner


09:00 - 09:10Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: IntroductionPlenary
09:10 - 10:30Generational InequalityPlenary
11:00 - 12:15Inequality in Energy and ClimatePlenary
12:15 - 12:30Closing RemarksPlenary