29 November 2007
ESI in Vienna - Still the Wild Europe? Rethinking the Balkan experience 1997-2007

Where is the Balkans heading on the eve of the Slovenian presidency and intense discussions whether there should be an "Adriatic enlargement" of NATO in 2008? Do Europeans – including Austrians – fully grasp how much the region has changed?

ERSTE Stiftung and ESI jointly organised a public discussion hosted by the Haus der Musik  in Vienna where Gerald and Kristof presented new ESI research on Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The presentation included clips and the trailer of the most ambitious TV documentary project on the region undertaken in the recent years: a 10 part documentary to be broadcast on 3sat in early 2008.

This was followed by a panel representing a new generation of Balkan activists: ESI analyst Erion Veliaj (until recently MJAFT, Albania) and Alida Vracic (Populari, Bosnia) discussed realities and myths about the Western Balkans.

Gerald Knaus, Alida Vracic, Erion Veliaj, and Kristof Bender
Gerald Knaus, Alida Vracic, Erion Veliaj, and Kristof Bender
View of the audience
View of the audience