Hoffen auf Europa: alte und neue Versprechen einer gemeinsamen Zukunft

Melanie Jaindl moderierte ein Gespräch zwischen dem deutschen Botschafter in Slowenien Adrian Pollmann und den Teilnehmer*innen der Sommerakademie des Max Weber-Programmes der bayerischen Landesbegabtenförderung (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). Inhaltlich drehte sich das Gespräch um die regionale Zusammenarbeit, nicht zuletzt im Hinblick auf die jüngsten schweren Unwetter in Slowenien und die Klimakrise. Darüber hinaus wurde die EU-Erweiterung am Westbalkan, diplomatische Arbeit vor und nach dem letzten slowenischen Regierungswechsel, die Bedeutung des Schengenbeitritts Kroatiens für Slowenien und die gesamte EU sowie der Krieg in der Ukraine diskutiert. 

Global Fragility: An uncertain future


Continuing support for Ukraine, resilience of Europe in the face of war and mitigating the global consequences of the conflict in a global dialogue were three overarching themes of GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum that took place on 29-31 May 2023 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

In light of the ongoing war in Ukraine and its consequences felt across, rebuilding stability, keeping unity and re-establishing links in Europe is more important than ever before. GLOBSEC Forum was designed to provide platform and create synergies among different stakeholders to respond to the challenges of today and foremost tomorrow.

The IDM was a content partner of the Forum and contributed to a high level exclusive thematic dinner “Echoes of War: Unraveling Global Consequences of the War in Ukraine”. What is more, Sebastian Schäffer, the IDM’s Managing Director was a panellist at timely side event: “The

European Political Community as an Inclusive Forum for Dialogue: Is this Enough?” co-organized by GLOBSEC and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Finally, Director Schäffer took part in the activities related to GLOBSEC Danube Tech Valley Initiative.

An Empty Promise to the Western Balkans? 20 years into the Thessaloniki Summit


“70 Years IDM – Locating the Future” in Budapest:

An Empty Promise to the Western Balkans?  
20 years into the Thessaloniki Summit  

Keynote Speech:



Research Director of the HIIA

Followed by a discussion


Strahinja SUBOTIĆ 

Programme Manager and Senior Researcher of the European Policy Centre 

Sebastian SCHÄFFER 

Managing Director of the Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa  

Ferenc NÉMETH 

Program Manager and Research Fellow of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs 


Julianna ÁRMÁS 

Research Fellow of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs 

The event was held on 

23 May 2023 (Tuesday) at 15:00 (CEST) 

The venue of the event: 1062 Budapest, Bajza str. 44. Baruch palace. 

For more information check out An Empty Promise to the Western Balkans? 20 years into the Thessaloniki Summit

Déjà-vu or a breakthrough? The Status Quo and the Future Prospects of Belarus

Déjà-vu or a breakthrough?

The Status Quo and the Future Prospects of Belarus 

4 May, 17:00 CEST 

An IDMonSite-interview with Katsiaryna Shmatsina moderated by Malwina Talik 

in the framework of the event series  

“70 Years of the IDM – Locating the Future” 

Belarus’ nation-wide demonstrations against “the last dictator of Europe” in 2020 raised hopes for a democratic turn in the country. After the regime’s brutal response, political opponents, activists and critics faced a choice between persecutions or exile. Among those who had to flee the country was Katsiaryna Shmatsina, the guest of the IDMonSite. In a conversation with Malwina Talik (IDM) she analysed the situation in Belarus in the aftermath of the crackdown, the reasons for the endurance of Lukashenko’s regime, the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Belarusian society and the international standing of the country. The interview addressed the questions of the future of Belarus under the current circumstances and some less obvious positive developments that could turn the tide. 

Katsiaryna Shmatsina is a Belarusian political analyst and a PhD Fellow at Virginia Tech University (Washington, DC), focused on critical geopolitics and security studies.  

Dilemma of Simultaneity – European Security and Integration

Dilemma of Simultaneity – European Security and Integration 

28 April, 10:00 CEST / 11:00 EEST

in the framework of the event series  

“70 Years of the IDM – Locating the Future” 

More than a year has passed since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. While Ukraine is bravely defending itself against Russian aggression, the country must at the same time initiate reforms and economic and political transformations in order to go through the EU integration process. What is the potential of regional cooperation and macro regional strategies like the EUSDR to support Ukraine’s EU integration? And how can we keep up solidarity and foster an understanding of the broader European public for Ukraine? 

With these questions in mind and in the framework of our “70 years of IDM”-activities, the Institute of the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is happy to partner up with the Ukrainian Institue for International Politics (UIIP) to host a hybrid event in Kyiv. It has become clear that we cannot talk about the future of the Danube region without securing the future of Ukraine first. Under the general topic of “Locating the future”, we will therefore also discuss the future security architecture in Europe and the role of Ukraine.  



10:00 CEST/11:00 EEST 

Panel Discussion Dilemma of Simultaneity – European Security and Integration

Nadija Afansieva, Director, Ukrainian Institute for International Politics  

Andrii NadzhosDeputy Director, EU and NATO Department, MFA of Ukraine

Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director, IDM 

 Mykhailo Omelchenko, Project Assistant, Ukrainian Institute for International Politics 

Keynote: “70 Years IDM – Locating the Future” in Novi Sad


Keynote: “70 Years IDM – Locating the Future” in Novi Sad

24 April, 14:50 CEST 

in the framework of the event series  

“70 Years of the IDM – Locating the Future” 

Melanie Jaindl hold a keynote speech at the 10th International Danube Conference on Culture, titled “Culture for All – The Danube as a Cultural Bridge”. In her keynote she stressed the importance of cross-border cooperation in the cultural sector, and why culture must not be neglected in the work of think tanks like the IDM. In this regard, she also presented the latest issue of Info Europa: Kulturführer Mitteleuropa (Culture Guide Central Europe), which annually highlights cultural developments in the region and counts as one of the main publications of the IDM.  

Time and Date: 24 April 2023, 14:50 CET 

Place: Novi Sad, Museum of Vojvodina, Congress Hall 

The Danube Conference on Culture 2023 is organized by: 

  • Museum of Vojvodina
  • Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities
  • Provincial Secretariat for Regional Development, Interregional Cooperation and Local Self-Government of AP Vojvodina
  • Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg
  • Government of Lower Austria / Working Community of the Danube Regions
  • European Danube Academy
  • Danube Cultural Cluster

The Conference is also supported by: Institut français, SCCNS The Factory