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22 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Financial Recovery: The Common Assessment Framework - assisting public institutions from a national to a local level
" [The question] is now: how to finance, how to make a fair distribution, and how to prepare a system in a way which is resilient, that brings life quality and fairness to all of us." In 2019 the CAF2020 was launched, aiming to help and improve public sector organizations’ performances from a national to a local level. The CAF (Common Assessment Framework) is a total quality management model for self-assessment developed by the public sector for the public sector. Recently, it has been intended to strengthen the focus on digitization, agility, sustainability, innovation, collaboration (participation) and diversity. Can this model help in a financial recovery? Could it be the solution for alleviating the strain that has been put on public finances, especially on the local level since the start of the pandemic? Sebastian Schäffer (IDM) discusses this with Thomas Prorok, Managing Director of the KDZ-Centre for Public Administration Research and Head of the CAF Center. Artwork recommended by the guest: Houellebecq, Michel, Serotonin, Paris, Flammarion, 2019 Find more about the CAF2020 here and KDZ-Centre for Public Administration Research here. CEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Guest: Thomas Prorok, Managing Director of the KDZ-Centre for Public Administration Research and Head of the CAF Center. Host: Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director IDM See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Healing the Economy: The European Silk Road - cooperation and recovery in CEE
Healing the Economy: The European Silk Road - cooperation and recovery in CEE"We need a new narrative and (...) a big common European mission, like the European Silk Road could be one of those narratives which could bring us together."In 2018, a study by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) proposed the European Silk Road as a response to China’s New Silk Road. Aiming to connect Europe’s eastern and western industrial centers the European Silk Road would generate growth and employment. This important booster for the Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European Region could increase GDP on average by 3.5% and bring better and greener transport infrastructure. Together with Mario Holzner - Executive Director of the wiiw and Co-author of the study - Sebastian Schäffer is discussing the cooperative perspectives and goals of the European Silk Road. Artwork recommended by the guest: The Silk Road Symphony Orchestra (the musical background of The Conference of the Birds on the Silk Road Cultural Belt.)Read Mario Holzner’s research report here and find more about the European Silk Road here.CEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Guest: Mario Holzner, Executive Director at wiiw (Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche)Host: Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director IDMProduction and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate IDM See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Universities between Authorization and Autonomy
The conflict between the Hungarian government and the Central European University (CEU) is a well-known example of universities’ struggle for autonomy. Daniela Apaydin, a research associate at the IDM, spoke with former CEU rector, the author, historian, and former politician, Prof. Michael Ignatieff, about his personal lessons learned and possible actions to improve the resilience of universities in the region. Artwork recommended by the guest: Christmas Carols by the Choir of King’s College, CambridgeCEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Guest: Prof. Michael Ignatieff.Host: Daniela Apaydin.Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Fair and Green Tourism in the Danube Region: The Amazon of Europe Bike Trail
As for the rest of Europe, the Central European and Danube Region have a long way to go before reaching climate-neutral policies. But concrete projects and activities try to make this change. Such is the case with the Amazon of Europe Bike Trail that aims to promote new types of green and regional tourism. The cycling trail follows the natural meanders of the rivers Mura, Drava and Danube while connecting five countries spanning over 1,250km. In this episode, Emma Hontebeyrie, podcast producer at the IDM, is welcoming Urška Dolinar, Founder and Managing Director of Iskriva, the Institute for Development of Local Potential, and the leading partner of the Amazon of Europe Bike Trail project. Artwork recommended by the guest: Ivan Generalić, The red bull, 1972 Sightseeing destinations suggested: cities of Osijek and Varaždin (Croatia), Wetlands and river meanders in the National parks Kopački Rit (Croatia) and Danube-Drava (Hungary and Croatia) Amazon of Europe Bike Trail: https://aoebiketrail.com/ CEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Guest: Urška Dolinar, Founder and Managing Director for Iskriva Host: Emma Hontebeyrie, Podcast Producer at IDM Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Democratic Emergency - Autocratic side effects of the pandemic
“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 emergencies have been misused in certain countries to make changes, the nature of which is in conflict with the upholding of the rule of law and the functioning of check and balances in a democratic environment. How is it possible to reverse these developments of cumulation of power and the creation of structural non-pluralism? Focusing on the example of Hungary the episode describes how the Hungarian government used the pretext of health threat to implement its ideology-based policy of the ruling party Fidesz. Daniel Martínek discusses with Zsuzsanna Végh the autocratic side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and how to cure them. Zsuzsanna Végh is Research Fellow at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) focusing on, amongst others, Hungarian EU and foreign policy as well as on democratization and regional cooperation in Central Europe. Artwork recommended by the guest: The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dalí, 1931. CEE – Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Host: Daniel Martínek, Research Associate at the IDMProduction and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Serbia and its vaccination strategy - the game of geopolitics and disinformation
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 later the number of given jabs has stagnated - a result of many complex factors, such as historical and socio-political connotations, as well as problems in public discourse, disinformation and controversial narratives. Emma Hontebeyrie - IDM's Podcast Producer - is welcoming Vuk Velebit - a political analyst focusing on relations between Serbia, Russia and the West based in Belgrade - to discuss how the Serbian vaccination process overlaps the current complex political, geopolitical and informative discourse. Artwork recommended by the guest: Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories, Rob Brotherton, 2017CEE – Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. With: Vuk VelebitProduction and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Kriegsrecht in Polen 1981
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 Exptertise” blicken wir auf auf die Zeit während des Kriegsrechts aus der Perspektive eines damals in Polen lebenden Journalisten. Malwina Talik (IDM) spricht mit Otmar Lahodynsky über den damaligen Alltag in der Volksrepublik Polen, über die Wahrnehmung der Ereignisse in Österreich und über die Rolle von Musik für die Opposition. Zum Schluss sprechen die beiden auch über das heutige Polen.Mehr über die Lieder von Solidarność können Sie auch aus der Sendung "Spielräume Spezial" auf Ö1 am 26. Oktober um 17:10 Uhr erfahren: https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20211026/655970/Lieder-der-Freiheit-Polen-1981 Die Sendung kann man 7 Tage nachhören.Otmar Lahodynsky war langjähriger Redakteur beim Nahrichtenmagazin "profil" sowie EU-Korrespondent und stellvertretender Chefredakteur der Tageszeitung „Die Presse“. Von 2014 bis 2021 war er auch Präsident der Vereinigung Europäischer Journalisten. Für seine Verdienste in der Berichterstattung über Polen und die Solidarnosc-Zeit erhielt er den polnischen „Kavaliersorden“ von Präsident Bronislaw Komorowski. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
European integration in times of a global pandemic
“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 further integration and collaboration. But will we observe institutional changes and a shift in power relations towards Central and South-Eastern Europe? How could Brexit lead to EU institutional recovery and reform? To answer these question, Sebastian Schäffer is welcoming the Austrian Historian and University Professor Dr Michael Gehler. Formerly head of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary History Research in Vienna, the European Commission awarded him the position of "Jean Monnet Chair" for European history. Professor for contemporary German and European history, Dr Gehler is the head of the Institute for History at the University of Hildesheim in Germany. Artwork recommended by the guest: The Towel of Babel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1953. CEE – Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Host: Sebastian Schäffer, IDM Managing DirectorProduction and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie Proofreading: Jack Gill See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Introducing: CEE 2.0
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, democratic emergency, empires of disinformation, tourism and ecology, human rights, the youth, gender inequalities… To overcome these hurdles, we must focus on deeper concerns and see what has changed irreversibly and which measures must be taken in the post-pandemic recovery.If you are interested in the future of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe: tune into CEE and subscribe to the IDM podcast series on Apple podcast, Spotify, Acast, or elsewhere to get your podcasts.* * *Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM).Production: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
The Conservative Voice on the Future of Europe
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 integrated visions of the EU.What are the parties behind the document which was announced as a response to the Conference on the Future of Europe? How is it perceived in different European countries? And, finally, what role can the national conservative forces play in the Europe of tomorrow?In the episode, Daniel Martinek is hosting Emilie Laborel, Dominik Koc and Misha Nychyporuk, current trainees at IDM, who are analysing both the Declaration and its signatory parties as well as their relations to the EU.Production Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Belarus: Protest und Kultur im Exil
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 Paluyan im 2005 gegründeten Free Theatre Belarus und dessen Ensemble-Mitglieder. Das Ergebnis ist der jüngst bei der Berlinale präsentierte Dokumentarfilm „Courage“. Christian Aichmayr hat mit dem Regisseur beim Filmfestival Crossing Europe gesprochen. IDM präsentiert Ausschnitte aus dem Interview und erklärt die Hintergründe der Protestbewegung. Welche Menschen stellen sich dem Regime entgegen und welche Rolle spielten insbesondere Frauen? Was bedeuten Flucht und Exil für die Betroffenen? Welche Chance hat die Opposition? Und wo steht die Europäische Union in diesem Spannungsverhältnis? Paluyan widmet sich mit einem klaren Appell an die ZuhörerInnen: „Denkt über uns, sprecht über uns! (…) Die Belarussen zeigen, was wahre Demokratie ist: friedlich mit bloßer Hand gegen einen Tyrannen gehen und ihm ins Gesicht sagen: wir wollen das nicht.“ In der zweiten Episode des Podcasts „IDM Expertise“ widmen sich Daniela Neubacher und Lisa Behrens der Rolle von Protest und Kultur im Exil. Weiterführende Informationen VOR ORT-Beitrag „‘Courage‘ – Der Widerstand der Bevölkerung in Belarus“ von Christian Aichmayr: https://cba.fro.at/503795 Offizieller Trailer „Courage“: https://vimeo.com/555110898 IDM-Publikation (2019) „Kultur und Protest im Donauraum“: https://joom.ag/sapCIDM-Publikation (2020) „Kultur im Exil“: https://joom.ag/ZFdI Lisa Behrens: Demokratische Lösung für Belarus? Ein langer Weg in die Freiheit, online unter http://www.idm.at/idm-news/item/demokratische-lösung-für-belarus-bericht-von-einem-arbeitstreffen-mit-svetlana-tichanowskaja See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Audio Book Balkan nach Europa - sofort!
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 ein Zeugnis ihrer Zeit.Dr. Erhard Busek ist Vizekanzler a.D. und Vorsitzender des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM) in Wien.Sebastian Schäffer ist Geschäftsführer des IDM.Balkan nach Europa - sofort! Erhard Busek & Sebastian Schäffer. Wien: Story.one Publishing. 80 S. Gebunden, HC gerader Rücken kaschiert. ISBN 978-3-99087-941-2. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Introducing the Audio Book Balkan nach Europa - sofort!
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.
25 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
“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 into force. Which are the future perspectives in the region regarding EU Budget and the Recovery Fund? To answer this question, Sebastian Schäffer - Managing Director at IDM - talks with Dr. Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Administration. Let us not forget that we must continue debating and contributing to the future of Europe. And as Commissioner Hahn mentioned, “IDM has been contributing a lot in the past and is not only contributing but also facilitating”. This is the final episode of CEE - Central Europe Explained - an IDM podcast series powered by Erste Group. With Dr. Johannes Hahn and Sebastian Schäffer.Production: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Brexit: A Mess in the institutional EU Framework?
"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? Can Brexit have a possible domino effect within the EU? What future steps should the European Union as well as the non-EU Member States take as a response to Brexit?Daniel Martínek, a research associate at IDM, discusses the implications of Brexit with Danielle Piatkiewicz, a research fellow at the Brussels office of the Prague-based Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM. Learn more about Brexit in this episode of CEE - Central Europe Explained, an IDM podcast series powered by Erste Group. With Danielle Piatkiewicz and Daniel Martínek.Danielle Piatkiewicz is a research fellow at the Brussels office of the Prague-based Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM where she is focusing on issues around Transatlantic and Central and Eastern European security, NATO, and Eastern Partnership. In addition, Danielle is also an independent consultant for the Alliance of Democracies Foundation. Production: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The EU: a Moving System
“[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 putting light on the cooperation in the Western Balkans.For this, Emma Hontebeyrie (Podcast Producer for IDM) talks with Goran Svilanović, among others a member of the International Council of IDM, former Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro.CEE - Central Europe Explained, an IDM podcast series powered by Erste Group.With Goran Svilanović and Emma Hontebeyrie.Goran Svilanović is currently Country Manager for Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro at Abkons but also a member of the International Council of IDM, former Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro.Production: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
New and Old Players in the Game: The United States
“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 Chief of the city regional magazine and affiliated platform Metropole, based in Vienna.What are the consequences of Trump’s presidency for the region? What should we expect from Biden regarding Central and Southeastern Europe?CEE - Central Europe Explained, an IDM podcast series powered by Erste Group. With Dardis McNamee and Emma Hontebeyrie.Dardis McNamee is the Editor in Chief of Metropole. She has written for The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler (NYC), the Wall Street Journal Europe, and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as having been a speechwriter to two U.S. ambassadors to Austria. She was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching (Media & Communications).Production: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
"Please, not another podcast about women!"
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 biases remain a fact in various spheres of women’s lives and the pandemic has already reversed many recent achievements. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we prepared a podcast that shows the condition of women's rights in Central Europe seen from an expert and personal perspective. Listen to the interview about the historical development of women’s rights with a gender expert Judit Acsády as well as a personal discussion among ladies working at the IDM: Daniela Neubacher, Malwina Talik, Emma Hontebeyrie, and Federica Mangiameli. “Please, not another podcast about women” - some may say, feeling overwhelmed with the number of events on women taking place these days. At the same time, the current challenges women keep facing show us how important is to keep the discussion open to reach women's equality. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
New and Old Players in the Game: China
“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 on an on-and-off basis. A new player because with the growing global role of China, the relations between this part of Europe and the Middle Kingdom entered a new chapter. Therefore, Malwina Talik (research associate at IDM) is welcoming Ivana Karaskova, China Research Fellow and a Project Coordinator at the Association for International Affairs (AMO). Together, they will discuss Chinese interests in the Central Eastern European Region. What role do they play in China’s “Going Global Strategy”? Can good China-CEE relations pose a potential threat to the EU? Listen to this episode and find your answers!CEE - Central Europe Explained, an IDM podcast series powered by Erste Group.With Ivana Karaskova and Malwina Talik.Ivana Karaskova is a China Research Fellow and a Project Coordinator at the Association for International Affairs (AMO) in Prague. She is also a European China Policy Fellow at MERICS in Berlin and a Czech member of China expert pool at the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, based in Helsinki. Moreover, Ivana founded and leads two international China-focused projects, MapInfluenCE and China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE).Production: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
United in Diversity
"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' leading positions held by "old" Western EU members; location of this EU institution in the Western part of the continent: Does an East-West dichotomy still exist?To answer this question, Sebastian Schäffer - Managing Director at IDM - is welcoming Vladislava Gubalova, Research Fellow at the Future of Europe Programme at Globsec. Together they will focus the remaining disparities exiting among the different EU member states and discuss solutions to completely end this East/West divide and move forward together as a truly United Europe.CEE - Central Europe Explained, an IDM podcast series powered by Erste Group.With Vladislava Gubalova and Sebastian Schäffer. Production: Emma Hontebeyrie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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