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Kursnummer: 112322

Europe’s winter challenges: energy, economy, and politics

Politik und Medien Jetzt Buchen

When: Monday 26 September 2022, 9:00-13:00CEST
Where: Presseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna

Mandatory Registration by Friday 23.9.2022, noon. Limited number of seats.

There are two ways to follow this seminar:

  1. Presseclub Concordia attendance - Registration!
  2. Zoom participation - Registration!


8:30 Welcome coffee and registration

9:00-9:10 Greetings


Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures-Ideas for Action (IWM) and Mirjana Tomić, fjum/Presseclub Concordia. Moderators.


Misha Glenny, IWM Rector, and Helmut Spudich, Presseclub Concordia

9:10-10:00 Keynote speech followed by Q@A

Joseph E. Stiglitz, US economist and Nobel Prize Laureate

Economic challenges and perspectives

10:00-10:20: Networking Coffee

Panel Conversation followed by Q&A

10:20-11:20: Which political forces will benefit from winter hardships?

France: Gilles Paris, writer and journalist, columnist and editorial writer, Le Monde.

Slovakia: Pavol Demeš, civil society expert and TV anchor, German Marshal Fund.

Germany: Andreas Busch, political scientist, University of Göttingen.

Hungary: Marta Párdavy, lawyer, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Co-Chair.

11:20- 11: 50: Coffee and networking with speakers

11:50-12:50 Two inputs on energy followed by Q&A

Winter Energy Scenarios: short- and medium-term Options

Julian Popov, energy expert, Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, Chairman of the Building Performance Institute Europe, and Former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria. Europe’s Futures alumna.

Decarbonising economy and geopolitical challenges. Will green economy be easy to implement?

Olivia Lazard, fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered by climate change, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated to climate change and environmental collapse.

Closing remarks: Ivan Vejvoda

Target Groups

Austrian and international journalists, thinktank analysts, and academics.

Number of participants

Maximum: 70

Additional Information

Mirjana Tomic, email:, Cell: +43 676 365 26 9

Olivia Lazard

Olivia Lazard

fellow at Carnegie Europe

Olivia Lazard is a fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered by climate change, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated to climate change and environmental collapse.

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Marta Pardavi

Márta Pardavi

Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Márta Pardavi is co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a leading human rights NGO based in Budapest, Hungary. A lawyer by training, she has recently been focusing on the threats to the rule of law and civil society space in Hungary and in the EU. She also co-leads the Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe (RARE) programme, which equips human rights defenders to build stronger organisations and alliances for joint action on civic space and rule of law in the EU.

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Julian Popov

Julian Popov

European Climate Foundation

Julian Popov is Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, Chairman of the Building Performance Institute Europe and Former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria. He was the good will Bulgarian Ambassador for energy and climate policy and energy security adviser to the President of Bulgaria. Julian is member of the European Council of Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board of Climate KIC and the boards of several other energy and climate related organisations. He is the founding Vice Chancellor and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University and cofounder of the Tunisian School of Politics. Julian was voted as one of the 40 most influential voices on European energy policies (N24) and also as one of the 40 most influential voices in the European energy efficiency policies (N25) by EurActiv. His articles on European and energy policy have been published by Financial Times, Project Syndicate, NS Energy Monitor, The Independent, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, EurActive and others. He is author of two books and co-author of the books The European Supergrid and Energy and Climate Diplomacy. He lives in London with his family.

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Gilles Paris

Gilles Paris

Journalist and author

Gilles Paris is a journalist and an author. He joined Le Monde in 1989 and worked first in the Political department, covering the Parliament and the non-Gaullist right. Later, he joined the Middle East desk. Based in Paris, he covered the whole region, from Iraq to Yemen and Egypt, before being appointed correspondent in Jerusalem in 2001 at the beginning of the second intifada. Gilles remained in this position until 2006, before returning to Paris to serve successively as deputy head and head of the international department until 2013.

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Pavol Demes

Pavol Demeš

policy analyst, civil society expert and TV anchor

Pavol Demeš is an independent foreign policy analyst, civil society expert and TV anchor based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Prior to the "Velvet Revolution" in November 1989, Demes was a bio-medical researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague (1980). After democratic changes in 1989 he served as the Executive Director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency-Service Center for the Third Sector. From 1991-92 he was the Slovak Minister of International Relations and he also served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic (1993-97). Since 2000 until September 2010 he was the Director for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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Joseph E Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz

US economist and Nobel Prize Laureate

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. Time magazine has named Stiglitz one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's research focuses on income distribution, climate change, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, including People, Power, and Profits, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy, Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy, Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, and The Euro.

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Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny

IWM Rector

Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist, author and public intellectual. He assumed the role of IWM Rector in May 2022.

He covered the 1989 revolutions and wars in the former Yugoslavia for The Guardian and was the BBC’s Central Europe Correspondent. In 1993, he received the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, and in 2012 he was named BT Information Security Journalist of The Year.

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Andreas Busch website

Andreas Busch

Political scientist, University of Göttingen

Andreas Busch is Professor of Comparative Political Science and Political Economy at the University of Göttingen and a Fellow or the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Before coming to Göttingen in 2008, he taught at the universities of Heidelberg and Oxford and was John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University. His research interests lie primarily in comparative public policy and the analysis of political systems.

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