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03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?

Breakout / Working Group
in englischer Sprache

At the beginning of the 21st century, key political, economic and cultural trends appear to affect the cohesion of European society. Resulting nationalism and other sorts of antagonism are spawning different kinds of extremism with the potential to endanger the foundations of our society. Alienated by incomprehensible and apparently irrelevant political and economic discourses in a hyper- globalised world, the individual feels increasingly powerless. Reflecting upon these tendencies, why and how are modern day citizens feeling like radical outsiders?

Lawyer, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Seyran Ates; Managing Director, Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee GmbH, Berlin
Regional Director for Europe, OSF - Open Society Foundations, and Director, OSIFE - Open Society Initiative for Europe, Barcelona
Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna Chair

Seyran ATES

Lawyer, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Seyran Ates; Managing Director, Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee GmbH, Berlin

1983-1995 Law Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (Interruption 1984-1990)
1995-1997 Traineeship, Court of Appeal, Berlin
1997-2006 Self-employed Lawyer, Berlin
since 2003 Author, Berlin
2006-2007 Freelance Writer, Berlin
2007-2009 Independent Lawyer; Author, Berlin
since 2009 Author, Berlin
2009-2011 Managing Director, Fimas Finanzmanagement GmbH & Co KG, Berlin
2011 Managing Director, Hausverwaltung SOWA-CASA GmbH, Berlin
since 2010 Lawyer, Berlin
since 2017 Managing Director, Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee, Berlin


Regional Director for Europe, OSF - Open Society Foundations, and Director, OSIFE - Open Society Initiative for Europe, Barcelona

 MA, College of Europe, Bruges
 Ph.D., International Relations, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science, London
 Director, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Barcelona

M.Sc. Franz Karl PRÜLLER

Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

1986-1988 BA International Studies, Webster University, St Louis, MO
1988-1996 Emergency Aid Coordinator, Caritas Austria, Vienna
1996-2005 Secretary General, International Programmes and Project Department, Caritas Austria, Vienna
2005-2012 Director, Social Development Programmes, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
2008 M.Sc. Development Management, Open University, England
2012-2016 Member of the Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
since 2016 Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna

Political Symposium

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16:00 - 17:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner


09:00 - 10:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
12:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 21:30Young Talents – Los ColoradosCulture


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities – Future Chances?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society’s Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant’s SkillsBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
19:00 - 20:30CANCELED – Late Night Talk: Islam, “Islamic State” and ViolencePlenary


07:00 - 07:30InDignityPlenary
07:30 - 08:15Existential RisksPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
10:15 - 10:30Concluding RemarksPlenary