19 March 2007
Seminar in Vienna - Telling the European story

At the centre of this seminar was the current European debate on enlargement, which has been termed "an unparalleled success story in history" (Janos Kornai) or "a miracle in international relations" (Mark Leonard). European institutions use similar language, as do many of the politicians or civil servants who have been involved in the process. And yet, despite such praise and efforts, it has become obvious that enlargement has a serious image problem, with implications for the image of the EU among its citizens and for future EU foreign policy, especially in South Eastern Europe.

The seminar was organized by ERSTE Foundation and was to identify novel approaches and innovative ideas on how new European narratives can influence current European debates. Participants from across Europe joined the debate: Kristof Bender (ESI), Milica Djilas (University of Belgrade), Misha Glenny (author), Minna Järvenpää (Dfid), Gregor Kreuzhuber (GPlus Europe), Boris Marte (director of ERSTE Foundation), and Michael Glawogger (director of the documentaries "Megacities" and "Working man's death") among others.

Kristof Bender - Copyright © by Abbé Libansky

Gerald Knaus - Copyright © by Abbé Libansky

Boris Marte (ERSTE Foundation) - Copyright © by Abbé Libansky

Minna Järvenpää (DfiD) and Knut Neumayer (ERSTE Foundation) - Copyright © by Abbé Libansky
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

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