Thirty years after: Central Europe in a global context


In June and July 2019, Prof. Peter W. Schulze, co-founder of the DOC Research Institute in Berlin, participated in the prestigious 24th International Summer School in Kőszeg, Hungary, as a keynote speaker alongside the former Vice President of Austria, Erhard Busek.

The summer school was organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) and the Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES), in cooperation with the University of Pannonia and Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU and UNESCO. As one of the most prominent gatherings in Hungary, the summer school has brought together representatives of civil society, historical eyewitnesses, NGOs, politicians, and experts and academics from Europe, Asia, and Latin America for more than two decades.

Prof. Schulze’s presentation, ‘A new Cold War or a road map for comprehensive and collective European security’, was in accordance with the main theme of the summer school, which dealt with the changes Europe and the world has experienced since the fall of the Iron Curtain thirty years ago.

Especially noteworthy was the presence of members of Solidarność, who gave a vivid presentation about how they operated under martial law and successfully formed their civil and peaceful opposition to the dictatorial Polish government at that time.

Narratives and evaluations of the transition were discussed by the former German MP, Gert Weisskirchen, and moderated by the director of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Emil Brix.

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