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The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidency

Plenary / EU's future
german language

Gain behind-the-scenes insights into the current EU Council Presidency in a discussion between the Austrian Federal Chancelor Sebastian Kurz and an international guest.


Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna
Television Journalist; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy, Berlin Chair

Sebastian KURZ

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

2008-2011 Provincial Chairman of the Young ÖVP - Austrian People's Party, 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


Television Journalist; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy, Berlin

1982-1984 Volunteer, Aktion Sühnezeichen, World Information on Energy, Amsterdam
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


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