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Editors’ Breakfast

Hotel Alpbacherhof
Plenary / Foreign Policy
German and English language

What is the future of TTIP? What about migration flows towards Europe and where does European solidarity stand today? Where is the EU heading after the Brexit referendum? In this breakfast club, international journalists will discuss the burning questions in European affairs.

Correspondent, NZZ - Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Vienna
Political Editor, POLITICO, Brussels
Vice Editor-in-Chief, Der Freitag, Berlin
Correspondent, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, London
Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems Chair

Mag. Meret Elisabeth BAUMANN

Correspondent, NZZ - Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Vienna

1999-2005 Assistant (working student), Niederer, Kraft & Frey Rechtsanwälte, Zurich
2005 PR-Internship, Burson-Marsteller, New York (USA)
Internship Swiss Embassy in Rome
2006 Legal clerkship, Niederer Kraft & Frey Rechtsanwälte, Zurich
Intern of the international section of "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", Zurich
2006-2007 Editor, news desk, "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", Zurich
2008-2013 Editor, International section "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", Zurich
2013 Political correspondent for Austria and Central Eastern Europe, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Vienna


Political Editor, POLITICO, Brussels

1999-2014 Principal, Public speaking, writing and consultancy
2004-2007 Policy advisor, UK Cabinet Office
2007 National Political Campaigning, Kevin Rudd 2007 campaign for Prime Minister, Australia
2008-2011 Speechwriter to European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, European Commission, Brussels
2010-2015 Founder, The Gay Marriage Blog
2011 Speechwriter to President José Manuel Durão Barroso, European Commission, Brussels
2011-2014 Spokesperson for Vice President Neelie Kroes, European Commission, Brussels
2015 International Senior Advisor, Edelman
since 2015 Senior EU Correspondent, writer of the morning Playbook column, POLITICO, Brussels
since 2018 Political Editor, POLITICO, Brussels
Coordinating POLITICO's 2019 EU election coverage


Vice Editor-in-Chief, Der Freitag, Berlin

1991-1996 Study of Political Science, Sociology, Cultural Studies (Amerikanistik) - Magistra Artium "mit Auszeichnung", Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
1997-2000 News-Editor, DPA - German Press-Agency, Hamburg
2000-2001 Magazine-Editor, Gruner+Jahr, Hamburg
2009-2010 Leading Editor, 'Report', Jahreszeiten Verlag, Hamburg
since 2001 Author, writer, journalist for various newspapers & magazines (such as FAZ, taz, FREITAG, DATUM)
Book-Author (four books published so far)

Mag. Cornelia PRIMOSCH

Correspondent, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, London

1998-2005 Journalist, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation Studio Carinthia, Klagenfurt
2005-2006 Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Paris
2006-2010 Journalist, Domestic and EU Policy Department, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Vienna
Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Brussels
2010-2017 EU Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Brussels
since 2017 Correspondent, UK and Ireland, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, London

Dr. Ulrike GUEROT

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Krems

 Since 2016 Ulrike Guérot is Professor at Danube-University Krems and head of the department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. Core activities of the department are both interdisciplinary research and network building. The main goal is to initiate a citizen-oriented and sustainable debate on key issues surrounding today’s Europe. Since September 2017 Ulrike Guérot is holder of Alfred-Grosser visiting professorship at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. Furthermore, she founded the Berlin based think tank "European Democracy Lab. The lab seeks to rethink and redesign European democracy. Currently, the lab is building a campaign platform advocating for both the principle of political equality beyond nation states and the empowerment of regional stakeholders within the EU-setup.
 Prior to her work in Krems and Berlin, Ulrike Guérot built up the office and served as Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and lectured at various internationally renowned universities, such as Bucerius Law School Hamburg, John Hopkins University, INSEAD Singapore and Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt. In addition she conducted research at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) on the topics of democracy and democratization. In April 2016 her first book 'Why Europe needs to become a republic! A political utopia' was published by Dietz. The principal idea of the book is the creation of a ‘European Republic’ based on the concept of equality in front of the law in a union of citizens. Her latest work 'The new civil war - the open Europe and its enemies', published by Ullstein is a bestseller in Germany. In this cutting edge pamphlet she describes the great divide throughout the European societies. She has been publishing widely in Germany, English and French on European, transatlantic and global issues in various newspapers, journals and books. In times of turmoil and crisis, Ulrike Guérot aims at creating a sustainable blueprint for Europe in the 21st century, which puts the citizen first.

Political Symposium

show timetable


13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary