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02: Social Cohesion in a Wider Europe

Breakout / Foreign Policy
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The ongoing crisis has hit many European countries, further aggravating severe social problems. The Southern Member States face the toughest challenges, from illegal migration to poverty reduction. Faced with these challenges, we have to ask how it will be possible to finance the welfare state in the long run. Indeed, these challenges show that the future of the entire European project depends on the strength of our social cohesion. How can we guarantee social stability in different European regions? How will we deal with migration in the future? Do we as Europeans share a common responsibility for those in need?

Co-President, European Alternatives, London
Director, Krytyka Polityczna, Warsaw
Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

Array Niccolo MILANESE

Co-President, European Alternatives, London

MA Philosophy St John's College, Cambridge UK Senior Editor, The Liberal Magazine, UK Founder and Co-President of European Alternatives MPhil Etudes Politiques, EHESS Paris, France Lead Trainer, YAANI - Young Arab Analysts Network International Network of Policy Analysts, British Council Morocco
since 2007
since 2011


Director, Krytyka Polityczna, Warsaw

 Slawomir Sierakowski is a Polish sociologist and political commentator, who founded and leads Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), the biggest eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine and Russia. He is the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and the president of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, overseeing its publishing house; its online daily "Dziennik Opinii"; cultural centres in Warsaw, Gdansk, Lodz and Cieszyn, in Poland, and in Kiev, Ukraine; and 20 local clubs.
 Mr. Sierakowski has been awarded fellowships from Yale, Princeton and Harvard and from the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has written for many journals and newspapers, including The Guardian, ElPaís, Haaretz and die tageszeitung, Dissent, Transit, A2. He contributes a monthly column to the Polish leading daily "Gazeta Wyborcza" and to the international edition of the New York Times. Mr Sierakowski has been ranked as one of the most influential Poles by "Polityka", "Wprost" and"Newsweek".

M.Sc. Franz Karl PRÜLLER

Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

BA International Studies, Webster University, St Louis, MO Emergency Aid Coordinator, Caritas Austria, Vienna Secretary General, International Programmes and Project Department, Caritas Austria, Vienna Director, Social Development Programmes, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna M.Sc. Development Management, Open University, England Member of the Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna

Political Symposium

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09:00 - 10:30 Not Just an Island Culture
12:00 - 13:30 Opening Plenary
14:00 - 15:30 The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern Partnership Plenary
16:00 - 17:30 The European Union in Search of a New Narrative Plenary
17:30 - 18:00 Curator’s Talk: Art in the Margin of War – War in the Margin of Art Culture
19:00 - 20:30 “Kakanien – New Homelands” Goes Alpbach: And Nobody’s There to Understand the Language You’re Screaming In… Culture


07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap – Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCE Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and Crisis Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its Neighbours Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider Europe Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 01: Citizens’ Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of Democracy Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising Cooperation Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at Europe Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Contemporary Advocacy Breakout
10:00 - 11:00 Lunch Reception Social
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe – Between Security and Cooperation Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 07: Europe’s Next Generation in the Elections and Beyond Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 11: Europe’s Periphery at the Crossroads – Consequences for the Common Security and Defence Policy Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation Policies Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and Fatigue Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 09: Beyond European Communication Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability? Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy – Key Questions for the Future Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain – Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the Past Breakout
14:30 - 16:00 From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common Future Plenary
16:30 - 18:00 Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security Sector Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow? Plenary
20:00 - 21:30 Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World – How Austrian Success Stories Are Written Partner


07:00 - 07:10 Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: Introduction Plenary
07:10 - 08:30 Generational Inequality Plenary
09:00 - 10:15 Inequality in Energy and Climate Plenary
10:15 - 10:30 Closing Remarks Plenary