Mittwoch / 24.08.22 / 09.00 Uhr

The EU’s Geopolitical Awakening? Perspectives from Central Europe

Panel discussion with AIES Director Velina Tchakarova at the European Forum Alpbach


The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine was a wake-up call for the EU. The Union reacted with unprecedented sanctions and activated the European Peace Facility for the first time to supply lethal arms to Ukraine. But how sustainable will this geopolitical awakening be, and what will it mean for cooperation in the field of security and defence in the long run?


Tanja Fajon
Minister, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jan Lipavský
Minister, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ivan Korčok
Minister, Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Alexander G. Soros
Deputy Chair, Open Society Foundations

Velina Tchakarova
Director, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)

Alexander Schallenberg
Federal Minister, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs