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Plenary / Opening
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Carte Blanche – The European Forum Alpbach has invited representatives of the Centre for Political Beauty to open this year’s Political Symposium. After that, three heads of state will debate the future of the European Union.

Production Manager, Center for Political Beauty, Berlin Art
Chief of Staff, Center for Political Beauty, Berlin Art
President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Introduction
Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna Introduction
Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna Introduction
Former Federal President, Republic of Austria; Co-Chair, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Vienna
President, Croatia, Zagreb
President, Slovenia, Ljubljana
Television Journalist, Berlin Chair


Chief of Staff, Center for Political Beauty, Berlin

2004-2007 Schauspielausbildung,Fritz-Kirchhoff Schule, Berlin
2007-2009 Sprechtraining nach Schlaffhorst-Andersen bei Margarete Seid
2008 Engagiert als Schauspielerein, Stadttheater Bruneck
seit 2009 Künstlerin, Regisseurin im Zentrum für Politische Schönheit
2010 Meisner-Technique Coaching im Acting Studio Berlin
2011 Fotokurs Basic und Schnittkurs Final Cut Pro X, VHS Berlin
  "Nachbarschaft" Theater Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Regie: Rahel Salvoldelli
  "Schuld - die Barbarei Europas" Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard
2012 "Die Zeit heilt alle Wunder" Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard
  "Kanzlerin im Untergrund" Theaterstück Steirischer Herbst Festival 2012, Regie: Cesy Leonard, mit Anna König und Luise Gabel "Nachtwehen" Experimenteller Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard (Auftrag für Noordkaap Festival)
2013 "Netz für die Welt", Projektleitung Cesy Leonard und Philipp Ruch
  "Johan und Marie" Historischer Kurzfilm, Regie: Cesy Leonard, Lopta Film
  Schnittpraktikum bei BS - Media, Bernhard Strubel
2013-2014 "Montags Tanzen", Kurzfilm Regie: Cesy Leonard
2014 Künstlerische Mitarbeit/ Regie, Kindertransporthilfe des Bundes
  Lecture Performance, Alumni-Tagung, Journalistenstipendium, Quandt Stiftung, "Kunst - M(m)acht - Politik"
  Konzept und Performance, IRRITATION für Zentrum für Politische Schönheit, Wien
  Lecture Performance, "Demokratie vererbt sich nicht - Partizipation RELOADED", Klagenfurt
2014-2015 Künstlerischemitarbeit/ Regie "Erster Europäische Mauerfall"
2015 Künstlerische Mitarbeit/ Regie "Die Toten Kommen"
  Mitarbeit am Theaterstück 2099, Premiere 09/2015 am Schauspielhaus Dortmund
  Lecture Performances: Werk X "Monopol auf Morgen"; Kunsthochschule Braunschweig, Theatertreffen 2015
seit 2014 Regie, Arbeit am Dokumentarfilm über das Zentrum für Politische Schönheit

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Mag. Gerald KLUG

Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

since 1984 Member of Trade Union proge
1984-1987 Vocational School (lathe operator)
1987-1990 Skilled worker (lathe operator) Company Siemens Mobility
1987-1988 National Service
1989 Otto-Möbes-Academy, Graz
1989-1990 Academy for Social Studies of the Chamber of Labour at Mödling
since 1990 Secretary of the Trade Union proge
1992-2001 Mag. Iur., Karl-Franzens-University, Graz
since 2000 Lay Judge, Court of Appeal, Graz
2000-2005 Member of the Supervisory Board, Chamber of Labour for Styria; Substitute Member of the General Assembly, Federal Chamber of Labour
2003-2005 Member of the Provincial Directorate, Styrian Employment Office
2004-2005 Substitute Member of the General Assembly, Provincial Health Insurance Fund for Styria
since 2005 Member of the Executive Committee, Chamber of Labour for Styria
2001-2011 Member of the Independent Financial Tribunal, Graz Regional Financial Directorate
2010-2013 Chief Whip of the Social Democratic Party in the Federal Council; Member of the Federal Party Executive Committee and the Federal Party Presidium of the Social Democratic Party
2008-2013 Deputy Head of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Party - Parliamentary Party of the Social Democratic Members of the National Council, Federal Council and the European Parliament
2013-2016 Federal Minister of Defence and Sports
since 2016 Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Sebastian KURZ

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

since 2009 Federal Chairman of the Young ÖVP
2010-2011 Member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and Vienna City Council, ÖVP, Vienna
2011-2013 State Secretary for Integration, Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
2013-2017 Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
since 2017 Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna


Former Federal President, Republic of Austria; Co-Chair, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Vienna

 Dr. Heinz Fischer has had an extensive career as a senior representative and policy maker of the Republic of Austria. As Federal Minister of Science and Research and speaker of the Austrian National Assembly for more than 12 years, he was involved extensively in supporting and advancing the country´s scientific, social and cultural development. In 2004 he was elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria. After more than 40 Years in public office and two terms as Federal President he retired in 2016. He was proclaimed Chairman of the Council for the Commemorative Year 2018 by the Federal Government of Austria as well as Co-Chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.


President, Croatia, Zagreb

1993 BA in English and Spanish languages and literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
1993-1995 Adviser, and consequently Senior Adviser to Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Zagreb
1995 Special intensive course in diplomacy and German language, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
1995-1997 Head, Department for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Croatia, Zagreb
1997-1998 Diplomatic Counsellor, Embassy of Croatia, Ottawa
1998-2000 Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Croatia, Ottawa
2000 MA in Political Science, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb
2001-2003 Minister Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Zagreb
2003 Elected Member, Croatian Parliament, 7th Electoral District
2003-2005 Minister of European Integration, Croatia, Zagreb
2004-2005 Deputy Head, State Delegation and Chief Negotiator for Negotiations on the Accession of Croatia to the European Union
2005-2008 Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb
2008-2011 Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America
2011-2014 Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO, Brussels
since 2015 President, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb


President, Slovenia, Ljubljana

1992-2000 Deputy, National Assembly of Slovenia
2000-2004 President, National Assembly of Slovenia
2004-2008 Member of the European Parliament
2008-2012 Prime Minister of Slovenia
2012 President of Slovenia


Television Journalist, Berlin

1984-1987 School voor de Journalistiek, Utrecht
1987-1989 Correspondent for Dutch media (Avro Radio en Persdienst GPD), Cologne
1989-1990 Trainee program TV en radio, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Cologne
1990-2002 Editor in Charge, Anchor, several positions, WDR (news, documentaries)
1993 Arthur Burns Fellowship, NBC, Denver
2002-2004 Political Correspondent, Phoenix, Berlin
2004-2010 Anchor daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde", Berlin
2010-2013 Political TV correspondent, WDR, Berlin
since 2013 Self-employed anchor (WDR; ARD Morgenmagazin)
since 2013 Consultant, MeinesHolla&Partners, The Hague
since 2015 Anchor, daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde"

Political Symposium

show timetable


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