16 April 2009
Seminar in Vienna: The current crisis of the European Project and the role of European narratives
Small Worlds at the Technisches Museum Vienna. Photo: flickr/bre pettis
Small Worlds at the Technisches Museum Vienna. Photo: flickr/bre pettis

What is known about the extent of the current economic crisis in the new EU member states? What is its possible impact on integration already achieved in East Central Europe? And what narratives are needed in the face of this challenge? How can opinion leaders confront new mood swings in the face of real crises?

This is a time that requires clear thinking. For this reason, ERSTE Stiftung and ESI brought together a small circle of people working on the future of European integration.

Participants included Misha Glenny, author and writer, London, Heather Grabbe, Open Society Institute, Brussels, Gábor Hunya, WiiW, Vienna, Boris Marte, ERSTE Foundation, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, SAR, Bucharest, Kalypso Nikolaïdis, member of the EU Reflection Group, Oxford, Ivo Prokopiev, Alpha finance holding, Sofia, Boris Vujčić, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Croatia, Gerald Knaus, ESI, and Kristof Bender, ESI, among others.

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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.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com