Austria’s regional role: Policy recommendations published

Shaping a sustainable and European Austrian foreign policy: conference paper and policy recommendations from the Vienna event of the Talking Europe conference series published

Europe is in the midst of a process encompassing a whole range of strategic challenges. Among others, they range from a stagnating EU integration process in the Western Balkans to far-reaching questions in Eastern European countries. Due to decades of serving as a regional bridge, Austria too is affected by these challenges. In addition, the current Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 offers the opportunity to critically define Austria’s position in Europe and propose concrete options for action.

Against this background, the joint 1989 Generation Initiative-Shabka Talking Europe-Conference on June 18th, 2018 in the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna aimed at sharpening contours of Austrian foreign policy in Eastern and South-eastern Europe by identify current blind spots, providing fresh ideas, and serious approaches that should define a future Austrian foreign policy within Europe.

In particular the policy recommendations and conference findings focus on the Western Balkans, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the EU’s Eastern Partnership states.

The policy paper can be downloaded here.

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