IDM Podcast


United in Diversity

Season 1, Ep. 15

"Let's be more active, this should be our motor in the region. Let's propose constructive ideas, let's lead some European initiatives. [...] And with that, we can start talking of erasing some of these division lines which exist between West and East."

Lack of political representation in Central and Southeast European countries; EU institutions' leading positions held by "old" Western EU members; location of this EU institution in the Western part of the continent: Does an East-West dichotomy still exist?

To answer this question, Sebastian Schäffer - Managing Director at IDM - is welcoming Vladislava Gubalova, Research Fellow at the Future of Europe Programme at Globsec. Together they will focus the remaining disparities exiting among the different EU member states and discuss solutions to completely end this East/West divide and move forward together as a truly United Europe.

CEE - Central Europe Explained, an IDM podcast series powered by Erste Group.

With Vladislava Gubalova and Sebastian Schäffer.

Production: Emma Hontebeyrie

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