Central Europe Explained


EP26 - Healing the Economy: The European Silk Road - cooperation and recovery in CEE

Season 2, Ep. 7

Healing the Economy: The European Silk Road - cooperation and recovery in CEE

"We need a new narrative and (...) a big common European mission, like the European Silk Road could be one of those narratives which could bring us together."

In 2018, a study by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) proposed the European Silk Road as a response to China’s New Silk Road. 

Aiming to connect Europe’s eastern and western industrial centers the European Silk Road would generate growth and employment. This important booster for the Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European Region could increase GDP on average by 3.5% and bring better and greener transport infrastructure. 

Together with Mario Holzner - Executive Director of the wiiw and Co-author of the study - Sebastian Schäffer is discussing the cooperative perspectives and goals of the European Silk Road. 

Artwork recommended by the guest: The Silk Road Symphony Orchestra (the musical background of The Conference of the Birds on the Silk Road Cultural Belt.)

Read Mario Holzner’s research report here and find more about the European Silk Road here.

CEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. 

Guest: Mario Holzner, Executive Director at wiiw (Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche)

Host: Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director IDM

Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate IDM

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