Dahrendorf Flagship I Event Podcasts

At the first of three outreach events held in Berlin on May 9, two thematic workshop sessions based on the topics of the two research groups kick-started the day. Two panels debating the future of Europe complemented the event.
Listen to the podcasts of the single sessions here:

Workshop 1 – What next for the reform of the eurozone?

Introduction to the Dahrendorf Flagship I Event by Helmut Anheier is followed by a panel discussion on Eurozone reforms featuring Cinzia Alcidi, Iain Begg, Ludger Schuknecht and Mark Hallerberg. The discussion is chaired by Kevin Featherstone.

Workshop 2 – Escaping the paradox of globalization, liberal democracy, and national cohesion

Lord Ralf Dahrendorf and Dani Rodrik have pointed to a fundamental challenge of modern societies: the incompatibility of reconciling economic globalisation, liberal democracy, and national sovereignty and cohesion. While both the Dahrendorf Quandary and Rodrik’s Trilemma have received recognition and attention in recent years, surprisingly little systematic endeavor has been made to dissect how both have unfolded across countries and time. The panelists Helmut Anheier, Mario Buti, Silvia Merler, and Andrés Ortega illuminate this blind spot by examining the empirical foundations of Dahrendorf’s and Rodrik’s propositions and their implications.


Panel 1 – European Security in 2030: How Technology matters – A scenario debate

The experts involved in this research cycle’s Dahrendorf Foresight Project have identified technological progress as one of the key driving forces that might endanger the future of European security over the next decade. Nicole Koenig and Jiro Minier authored a scenario which describes the vision of a financial crash and, consequently, growing risks of cybercrime in Europe in 2030. They discuss their findings with Anita Gohdes. The panel is moderated by Declan Curry.


Panel 2 – Living up to Expectations in Turbulent Times: What Democratic Responsibility for the European Union ?

In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty entered into force. One of its aims was to strengthen the European Union’s democratic credentials by assigning greater importance to both the European Parliament and national parliaments, declaring for the first time that the “functioning of the Union shall be founded on representative democracy”. Fast forward ten years, and the elections to the European Parliament led to a considerable shift in the balance of power, with EU-sceptic parties winning a high number of seats. At the same time, the EU increasingly needs to assert itself against global competitors and respond to citizens’ growing expectation that their national governments and the EU need to ‘deliver’. Against this background, the panel asks what role parliaments and other institutions can and should play in fostering the success of the EU integration project. What can be done to improve democratic representation and governance in these turbulent times?
Discussing this are Bogdan Klich, Christine Reh, Norbert Röttgen and Tom Tugendhat.