Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

What's Next in European Politics? Former Austrian Chancellor to Give 2 Public Lectures

March 19, 2010

Former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer is back in residence as a visiting professor in late March, when he will give two talks on the dramatic political changes sweeping Europe. Join him on Monday at noon for ""Global Economic Crisis Brings the Next Wave of Change in Post-Communist Europe," and on Thursday at noon for “What Next Left? The Implications for the World of the European-Wide Debate on Social Democracy’s Renewal.”

Monday, March 22, at noon
The global economic crisis is having varying – and sometimes astonishing – political impacts in Central and Eastern Europe. These have played out in recent presidential elections in Romania, Croatia, and Ukraine. And more will be evident in upcoming parliamentary elections in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Join Gusenbauer in a real-time analysis of the changes sweeping through the region.

Thursday, March 25, at noon
Gusenbauer, a leading figure in the Socialist International, will give a talk titled “What Next Left? The Implications for the World of the European-Wide Debate on Social Democracy’s Renewal.” The talk will be based in part on Gusenbauer’s writings in a new book titled Next Left: Contributions to a European-Wide Debate. Gusenbauer will introduce the volume, to focus panelists’ discussion of the political Left not only in Europe but across the world.