Erhard Busek – Emil Brix: Central Europe Revisited
Academic book launch and roundtable discussion on current challenges of Central Europe at iASK
14:00 – 14.15 Book Launch
Presenting the book by Emil Brix and Erhard Busek: Bába Iván, iASK deputy director
14.15 – 15:00 Roundtable discussion
Iván Bába, historian, Deputy Director, iASK
Emil Brix, Director, Diplomatic Academy in Vienna
Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Director, IDM
Miszlivetz Ferenc, Director, iASK
Pók Attila, historian, iASK Research fellow
15:00-16:00 Reflections on the transformation of the role of Central Europe
Izabella Agárdi, historian, iASK
István Bariska, historian-archivist, former Director of the Kőszeg Archives
István Bariska jr., historian
Bokányi Péter, literary historian, iASK Research fellow
Hörcher Ferenc, philosopher, Director, Institute of Political Philosophy,
National University Of Public Service
Mónika Mátay, historian, ELTE, iASK Research fellow
András Nagy, associate professor, University of Pannonia, iASK Research fellow
István Sümegi, philosopher, iASK Research fellow
Edit Balázs, associate professor, OR-ZSE, iASK Research fellow
In the present day, two considerably contradictory narratives have been circulating about Central Europe. One of the narratives points to Central Europe as a significant success story of the past three decades, in which democracy and the market economy have been established, and the region has integrated into the European economic and security structures. In the other narrative, Central Europe appears as a fragmented, isolated region; which does not provide constructive solutions regarding the future of Europe, which does not show solidarity in the migration crisis, and where political stability can only be sustained at the cost of nationalist-populist politics.
The post-1989 euphoria, feeding off of the supposed ‘end of history’ and the perceived victory of liberalism, however, was short-lived. Now the pressing questions we face are: How and under what circumstances did the new history of Central Europe begin after 1989-90? What kind of opportunities and dangers arise from the current state of Central Europe for the future of Europe? Can Central Europe show the way forward for the European Union to overcome its permanent crisis?
These topics are addressed in the book by two internationally renowned Austrian intellectuals:
Erhard Busek, The former Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria from 1991-1995. Currently, a senior expert of several international organizations dealing with the problems of Central and South-East Europe, and Director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe.
Emil Brix, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, as well as an Austrian diplomat, representing the Republic of Austria from 2010 to present, as ambassador in London and currently Moscow.
Their first book on Central Europe was published 30 years ago. This new volume sketches the situation 30 years after the political changes, outlining the achievements, opportunities, and dilemmas of the Central European region.
Date: 10th of December 2019. at 2.00 p.m.
Venue: Zwinger-Oldtower Kőszeg H-9730 Chernel st. 16.
The languages of the event are English and Hungarian. Simultaneous translations will be provided.
The event will be streamed on the Facebook page of iASK (https://www.facebook.com/iask.hungary).