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My Europe: How to tell the story

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The ‘My Europe’ project establishes a network of 300 scholarship holders in order to strengthen the voice of young participants at the Forum. Scholarship holders learn storytelling skills within a three-hour-long workshop. They return home to their countries of origin with their ‘bag of ideas’ filled with positive stories about Europe. Against the background of the upcoming European elections, they enthuse their local networks about the European idea.


President, European Parliament, Brussels (tbc) Key Note
Ambassador (ret.), Professor, ESCP Europe Paris; former European, Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Paris/Berlin
Founder, Közös Ország Mozgalom (Country for All), Budapest (tbc)
Senior EU Correspondent, POLITICO, Brussels
Member, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, Brussels (tbc)
Board Member, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna Chair
Speaker, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna Chair

Prof. Joachim BITTERLICH

Ambassador (ret.), Professor, ESCP Europe Paris; former European, Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Paris/Berlin

1966 Abitur in Saarbrücken
1967-1968 Wehrdienst/Reserveoffizierslaufbahn
1969-1973 Studium der Rechts-, Wirtschafts- und Politikwissenschaften an der Universität des Saarlandes
1973-1976 Juristischer Vorbereitungsdienst; wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität des Saarlandes; Zweite Juristische Staatsprüfung
1974-1975 Studium, ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Paris
1976 Eintritt in den diplomatischen Dienst, Auslandsverwendungen in Algier und Brüssel (EG-Vertretung)
1985-1987 Mitarbeiter, Ministerbüro des Auswärtigen Amtes
1987-1993 Leiter, Europareferat im Bundeskanzleramt; europapolitischer Berater von Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut Kohl
1993-1998 Leiter, Abteilung Auswärtige Beziehungen, Entwicklungspolitik, äußere Sicherheit, Bundeskanzleramt; Europa-, Außen- und sicherheitspolitischer Berater von Bundeskanzler Dr. Helmut Kohl
1998-1999 Botschafter, Ständiger Vertreter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Nordatlantikrat in Brüssel
1999-2002 Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Königreich Spanien und im Fürstentum Andorra
2003-2012 Beauftragter für Internationale Angelegenheiten (Executive Vice-President International Affairs), Veolia Environnement SA, Paris
2009-2012 Delegierter (Chairman), Veolia Environnement, Deutschland
seit 2013 Aufsichts- und Beratungsmandate privater und öffentlicher Institutionen


Senior EU Correspondent, 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

BA Lisa Charlotte SONNBERGER

Speaker, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna

2006-2009 Goldsmithing Academy, Vienna; Apprentice Schmuckwerkstatt Skrein, Vienna
since 2009 Goldsmith and Assistant of Management, Golschmiede Ernestine Navratil, Vienna
2012 Apprentice Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2013 Apprentice Art Department, Deutsche Bank, FFM
2013 Alchimia School for Contemporary Jewelery, Florence
2014-2015 Co-Curator with Cornelie Holzach, 200 years K&K Jeweler Köchert, Vienna
2009-2014 Student, B.A. Art History, University Vienna.
since 2014 Student, M.A. Art History, University of Vienna,
2016-2017 Head of Standing Committee European Forum Alpbach
since 2017 Boardmember, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna

Political Symposium

show timetable


13:30 - 16:30My Europe: How to tell the storyPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: MindfulnessPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Development dialogues: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
14:30 - 15:45Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
16:15 - 17:30Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:00 - 19:00The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: Defending democracy in the digital ageBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 19: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do? (Что делать?)Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidencyPlenary


09:00 - 10:30The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Global transformations towards a sustainable futurePlenary