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The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is a non-university research institution registered as an association and predominantly financed by public funds. Founded in 1953, the Vienna-based institute carries out fundamental research and mediation work with a regional focus on Central, East and South East Europe. We are a think tank and a platform for actors and stakeholders from academia, politics, economy, administration, culture, media and civil society. In addition to r ...
 
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“The time during the pandemic has really been melting and has become relative. However, we should not let the rule of law and our democratic standards suffer the same fate.” The Covid-19 pandemic has been a significant weakening not only of the human health, but also of democratic processes and the functioning of state institutions. State of emerge…
 
In February 2021, Serbia was leading the “vaccination race”, with the highest vaccinations rates within Europe. The news outlets were reporting that the government had been successful in its vaccination strategy, which prioritized healthcare over politics by looking at the purchase and distribution of vaccines as a healthcare issue. But half a year…
 
Vor 40 Jahren am 13. Dezember 1981 wurde in Polen das Kriegsrecht verhängt, Die Anhänger der Demokratiebewegung Solidarność wurden inhaftiert, die Armee nahm Einfluss auf die öffentlichen Medien, Bürgerrechte aufgehoben, hunderttausende Polen verließen das Land und suchten Asyl im Ausland. Wie ist es dazu gekommen? In dieser Folge von “IDM Expterti…
 
“Europe has to be seen from its many differences, but in the end the common law is the hope for compromise and further cooperation.” Institutional challenges in the European Union have been exacerbated by the pandemic at the same time that EU enlargement has been put aside. Agreed in July 2020, the recovery fund Next Generation EU, brought hope of …
 
Central Europe Explained is back for its second season! CEE 2.0 is focusing on Post-Covid Recovery that the regions of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe is going through. If many wonder “When will a return to normalcy finally happen?”, then drastic changes in an out-of-date idea of normality appear necessary. National individualism, democra…
 
On July 2, 2021, 16 national conservative political parties signed the so-called Joint Declaration on the Future of the European Union. In the document, they outlined their perception on the future of the EU: a re-deepening of sovereignty of Member States accompanied by the strengthening of the nation-state system in opposition to other more integr…
 
Interview mit Aliaksei Paluyan, Regisseur des Dokumentarfilms „Courage“ Kunst trifft auf Diktator: Im Sommer 2020 machte sich der Filmemacher Aliaksei Paluyan auf die Suche nach mutigen KünstlerInnen, die trotz harten Repressionen des belarussischen Regimes ihre Kunst ausüben – im Untergrund oder auch im Exil. Inspiration für seinen Film fand Paluy…
 
Audio-Version des Buches Balkan nach Europa - sofort! Erhard Busek und Sebastian Schäffer fordern die sofortige Aufnahme aller Westbalkanstaaten in die EU. Ihr Plädoyer verbinden sie mit „G’schichtln“ über Grenzen, Glauben und Grausamkeiten, über Fabeln, Frieden und Fußball. So bilden die persönlichen Erlebnisse und Erinnerungen der Autoren auch ei…
 
Albanien, Bosnien Herzegowina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Nordmazedonien, Serbien: Balkan nach Europa - sofort! Eine Kurzgeschichtensammlung über den Westbalkan und ein Plädoyer für dessen sofortige Aufnahme in die EU, geschrieben von Erhard Busek und Sebastian Schäffer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
“The European Commission is the only Think Tank with executive power.” In July 2020, the European Council agreed to a historical recovery fund: Next Generation EU, in order to support member states affected by the pandemic. Now that it has been ratified by the European Parliament, each of 27 EU Member States must do so for the decision to enter int…
 
"It would be well worth taking a united approach rather than a bilateral one (in relations to the United Kingdom)." January 1, 2021, marked the end of the transition period during the EU law continued to apply in the United Kingdom, and with that Brexit finally entered into force. What does Brexit mean for the Central and Southeast European region?…
 
“[Mini Schengen] is actually a request to go quicker and to go deeper into integration.” Looking at the map of Europe, the Western Balkan countries appear as a non-EU enclave surrounded by EU-member states; between Greece and the rest of the EU but outside of the Schengen area. This episode focuses on the challenges at the borders of the EU by putt…
 
“Central Europe became a sort of the center of a sandwich between Germany and Russia”. Following up on Ivana Karaskova's and Malwina Talik’s talk about China and Central Europe, this episode focuses on the relations between the United States and the region. For this, Emma Hontebeyrie (Podcast Producer for IDM) is welcoming Dardis McNamee, Editor in…
 
Why is it important to talk about women's rights? "Emancipation means the lack of discrimination (…) but emancipation is also a state of mind." says Judit Acsády in our interview. Women’s situation in Europe has steadily improved over the past decades but can we, therefore, be complacent about the condition of women’s rights? Inequalities and biase…
 
“When it comes to Chinese influence in the economy, there are many more words than deeds.” This episode is about a new old player on the Central and Eastern European playground, namely People’s Republic of China. An old player because before the fall of Communism in Europe, many countries of the region had close ties with China, even if sometimes o…
 
"Let's be more active, this should be our motor in the region. Let's propose constructive ideas, let's lead some European initiatives. [...] And with that, we can start talking of erasing some of these division lines which exist between West and East." Lack of political representation in Central and Southeast European countries; EU institutions' le…
 
"This is the future for Central Europe: [to] start to take itself more seriously; grow more mature in public discussion about directions, about the strategy and also about consequences of lack of such a strategy." In the following episode, Malwina Talik - research associate at IDM - is welcoming Wojciech Przybylski - President of Res Publica and Ed…
 
“We have to remember that the accession to the EU did not mean only the integration of the Central and Eastern European countries into the Western Europe but also an unprecedented integration of the Central Europe itself." In our next episode, Daniel Martínek, research associate at IDM, is welcoming Vít Dostál, Research Director of the Prague-based…
 
“Emissions don’t know any borders: the ones emitted from a coal power plant in Czech Republic are just as responsible for the bushfires in Australia as emissions emitted in Australia or in the US or anywhere else. We all have the responsibility to reduce our emissions.” In our previous episode, Katalin-Tünde Huber mentioned that we need intensive E…
 
“It should be a peaceful competition, but competition it will be.” In the third part of “Becoming an EU Member,” we are now focusing on the future perspectives, opportunities, and challenges in the region. Last week, Sebastian Schäffer discussed with the two European enlargement specialists, Katalin-Tünde Huber, and Ambassador Klaus Wölfer, about t…
 
“Now we have to refocus on where we stand and what we really want to achieve.” Following our previous episode “Becoming an EU Member - The case of Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia”, this podcast focuses on Southeast European countries. Therefore, Sebastian Schäffer (Managing Director at IDM) is welcoming two European Enlargement specialists: Mag. Kat…
 
“Becoming an EU and NATO member was a historic vengeance” In this episode, Sebastian Schäffer (Managing Director at IDM) is interviewing Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, former Prime Minister, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and former Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Romania. Together, they will discuss the latest European enlargement in…
 
"Art and culture touches not only our intellect but also our souls and our hearts" This episode, which is the second part of "EU to your home", will focus on European integration politics. Daniel Martínek (Research Associate IDM) will talk to Katka Krejcova, responsible for international relations in the Department for Art and Culture in the Office…
 
“The EU Strategy for the Danube Region is the implementation of the European idea.” This week, Silvia Nadjivan (Deputy Managing Director at IDM) will be talking to Robert Lichtner, coordinator of the Danube Strategy Point in Vienna. In the first episode of our series “EU to your Home”, they will be discussing together the regionalization of Europea…
 
“We should continue to tell people that what they believe in terms of the nation-state is also a myth.” The “imagination of the nation” plays a key role in the perception of citizens towards the European Union. As explained our the previous episode, European myths strongly impact these beliefs which have diverse consequences in different parts of t…
 
“In the end for many, the EU itself is a kind of myth.” From fantasy to a more accurate reality, myths about Europe and the EU are a wide-ranging subject. Some, as the myth of Europa, are based on mythology. Other, as the ‘bicycle myth’, come into sight as metaphors. However, popular myths about the EU also find their origin in reality and can even…
 
"Education and culture should be something that the EU do together", Ambassador Emil Brix. Which role did European Community for Coal and Steel play in the creation of the EU? How was it perceived behind the Iron Curtain? What are the current expectations about the EU? What should be the future European agenda? In this episode, Daniel Martínek is d…
 
"Minorities do have the voice but the their voice is not heard." Together, Biljana Jovíc (Chairperson at the Center for Migration Studies, Belgrade) and Silvia Nadjivan (Deputy Managing Director at IDM, Vienna) will focus on the place of minorities in the region. Which place do they actually have? How are they integrated? How can the knowledge of c…
 
"Overcoming historical legacy and conflicts with cooperation within many levels: regional and European." In this episode, Márton Ugrósdy (director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest) and Daniela Neubacher (research associate at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe) are focusing on Austria, Visegrád Four, an…
 
What does Central Europe mean today? What are its various meanings? Which one should we follow? In this opening episode, we will focus with Dr. Erhard Busek on the different existing approaches towards Central Europe. We will try to define what actually Central Europe is and, from a territorial point of view, try to understand the ever-changing geo…
 
What is the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe? Together with Sebastian Schäffer, managing director of the institute, we will be discussing about what IDM actually is. We will see how the "power" of History shaped the institute, which have been the latest changes for IDM, current challenges and next steps for the future. See acast.c…
 
What is Central Europe today? Austria, Visegrád Four, Western Balkans. What are popular myths in and about the European Union? How do regions connect with European politics? Enlargement, borders, China, Russia, Turkey. Which challenges lie ahead regarding the social and political situation in the region? Climate change, economy, Green Deal. How wil…
 
IDM Expertise Podcast is giving real understanding about current challenges in the Region as well as the work of the Institut for the Danube Region and Central Europe. Follow the IDM team on a regular basis and learn more about the history of the institute, recent events, and publications about also regional news and political insights. IDM Experti…
 
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