European politics are currently facing the challenge of finding quick solutions to the complex problems of the financial, economic and political crisis. In the past months, this has dominated the public debate. Consequently, this year's Alpbach Political Symposium, under the title "Providing for Future Generations", approaches issues beyond short-term political debates that need to be addressed in order to continue the vision of a united, democratic Europe. Which forms of participation can politics offer to the young to win their support for the European project in times of growing nationalism?
At the core of European integration stands, among other factors, the future of the Union's foreign and security policy, whose interconnectedness with the fields of the environment, development and food is currently of particular importance. These and other questions will be at the centre of discussion between high-level politicians, activists, researchers and
the Forum participants.