IDMonSite/Belarus: Pavel Chuduk
ebastian Schäffer, Managing Director of IDM, interviews Pavel Chuduk, founder of the Center for Civil Communications: Who are the people demonstrating in Belarus? What are their main demands? What unites them? Which role does the EU play for the protest movement? Will Lukashenko be successful in securing his power? Pavel Chuduk is taking part in the ongoing mass demonstrations for free elections and the resignation of President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Belarus. On 9. August 2020, he was detained by the police. In a spontaneous interview with IDM during the „March of Unity“ on 6. September 2020 he describes the situation on site, reports on police violence and talks about the geopolitical perspective of his home country.
IDM Short Insights 7: Personal impressions from the Belarusian protests
IDM Short Insights 6 – Presidential Elections in Poland
Malwina Talik comments on the two ballots that led to the narrow victory of the incumbent president of Poland, why the country experiences a visible, serious split in the society and what consequences this might have for the relations towards the European Union.
Online Podiumsdiskussion veranstaltet vom IDM in Kooperation mit der Politischen Akademie und dem Karl-Renner-Institut
Despite the fact that North Macedonia managed to settle the name dispute with neighboring Greece, as well as cultural issues with Bulgaria and got the green light from Brussels to start accession talks, the enthusiasm for Zoran Zaev and his government among the citizens seems to be deflating. How is the current political situation in North Macedonia? Is a reliable prognosis of the upcoming elections possible? Which future developments are likely? The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), in cooperation with the Dr.-Karl-Renner-Institut and the Political Academy of the ÖVP, organized the online panel discussion „Parliamentary Elections in North Macedonia“.
Mag. Sebastian SCHÄFFER, Managing Director, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna
Briefing on the current situation in North Macedonia: Dr. Gerhard MARCHL, Head of the Department of European Politics, Karl-Renner-Institut, Vienna
Sofia Maria SATANAKIS, M.E.S., AIES Research Fellow, Associate Researcher at European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Vienna
Stefani SPIROVSKA, President, Youth Educational Forum, Skopje
DI Milan MIJALKOVIC, Austrian-Macedonian architect, artist and author, Vienna/Skopje
Sebastian SCHÄFFER, Managing Director, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna
The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), in cooperation with the Dr.-Karl-Renner-Institut and the Politische Akademie organised an online panel discussion on the upcoming parliamentary elections in Croatia to be held on 06 July 2020.
Introduction – Lucas Maximilian SCHUBERT, Research Associate, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) Vienna
Introduction – Lorenz JAHN, Politische Akademie
Panel Discussion – Tena PRELEC, Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, Research Associate at LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
Nino PRELOŽNJAK, Vice-President, Croatian Youth Network (mmh)
Zrinka VRABEC-MOJZEŠ, Journalist and Columnist at the weekly “Nacional”, Zagreb
Moderation: Lucas Maximilian SCHUBERT, Research Associate, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna
We will look at the current situation in NorthMacedonia, which has recently gone through a second wave of COVID 19 infections in the country – although the state of emergency has not been extended. Despite all efforts taken by the government many questions remain. Will North Macedonia be able to cope with the economic setbacks caused by the Coronavirus pandemic? What are the consequences for the healthcare sector? Can there be a prognosis for the upcoming elections? Erhard Busek (IDM) will talk with Pishtar Lutfiu, the former Minister of Education and Science of North Macedonia. Lutfiu was the president of “Alpbach Forum Macedonia” and is currently a board member of the “Fund for innovations and technology development” and project coordinator of the research and analytic center “Abdilaqim Ademi”. Beside that he worked as well in the Secretariat for Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (SIOFA) in the Government of North Macedonia.
IDMonSite/Germany: Ulrich Schneckener
Wir freuen uns im Rahmen unserer #IDMonSite Livestream-Reihe Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener begrüßen zu dürfen. Er ist Professor für Internationale Beziehungen und Friedens- und #Konfliktforschung am Zentrum für Demokratie- und #Friedensforschung (ZeDF) der Universität Osnabrück. Außerdem ist er seit April 2016 Vorstandsvorsitzender der Deutschen Stiftung Friedensforschung. Geopolitische Machtspiele und nationalstaatliche Alleingänge gefährden nicht erst seit dem Ausbruch der Corona-Krise die Europäische Integration. 75 Jahre nach Ende des 2. Weltkriegs in Europa und 70 Jahre nach der Schuman-Erklärung prägen Differenzen und Konflikte den Kontinent. Die Herausforderungen für die EU sind auch ohne Virus zahlreich – Verhandlungen über die zukünftigen Beziehungen mit dem Vereinigten Königreich, über den Mehrjährigen Finanzrahmen, und mit den Staaten des Westlichen Balkans über einen möglichen Beitritt, um nur einige zu nennen. Wie sind die Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung der COVID-19 Pandemie in den EU-Mitgliedstaaten zu bewerten? Welche Möglichkeiten und Grenzen haben die Europäischen Institutionen, um auf die wirtschaftlichen Folgen reagieren zu können? Sehen wir eine Rückkehr zur Solidarität oder breitet sich der Populismus weiter aus? Wie kann ein effektiver Multilateralismus auch in diesen Zeiten gewährleistet werden?
In our next IDMonSite session, we are very much looking forward to talk to Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, former Prime Minister, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Romania. He is Professor at the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest, Professorial Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and Project Leader of „Mechanisms of Modernization and Nation State Institutionalization in Central and Eastern Europe“ at IDM. We will discuss the current situation in Romania, the measures taken by the government and the consequences for the healthcare system. Bucharest has experienced a serious outbreak of the COVID-19 disease endangering to overwhelm public health. Drastic fines have been issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Temporarily almost 1.000.000 employees have been out of work, since 21. April some have been able to return. In the meantime, seasonal workers have been flown, amongst other countries, to Germany. We will talk about the economic political consequences of the pandemic for Romania and the European Union.
IDM Short Insights 5 – Šejla Mujačić zur aktuellen Situation in Bosnien und Herzegowina
Šejla Mujačić berichtet in unserem Format #IDMShortInsights über die aktuelle Lage in Bosnien und Herzegowina während der #COVID-19-Pandemie aus #Sarajevo.