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Central Europe Revisited Why Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in the Region

By Emil Brix, Erhard Busek Copyright 2021
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

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    More than 30 years after their momentous book "Projekt Mitteleuropa", which had been written before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Emil Brix and Erhard Busek revisit the political space between Germany, Russia and the Mediterranean.

    The volume explores the role of Central Europe in the 21st century, the importance of the European Union, the significance of a transforming Central Europe for European unity, and what happens when we marginalise Central Europe. The view of the authors is unequivocal: European integration will only succeed when the Central European countries from Poland to North Macedonia, from the Czech Republic to Romania and Moldova, will be seen as being at the heart of Europe. The European Union needs to build more common and fair ground between "old" and "new" member states. According to the authors, any further move towards a "Europe of two speeds" would lead to a break-up of the EU.

    Prologue. The Geopolitical Space between Germany and Russia and the Rediscovery of the Mediterranean  1.Where Victory in the Cold War Began  2. Central Europe: The Long Journey to Integration  3. The EU Expands Eastwards  4. The Crises at Contested Borders  5. Powerful Neighbours: Guarantee or Danger?  6. Nationalism without End?  7. The Economy as Engine of Development and Mirror of its Problems  8. The Role of Religion  9. Migration: On Moving in and Moving out  10. The Contribution of Central Europe to Europe’s Future  Epilogue. Democratic Development in Central Europe


    Emil Brix (born 1956 in Vienna) is Austrian diplomat and historian, at present Director of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies. Since 1982 in the Austrian diplomatic service, among his positions: Consul General in Cracow/Poland, Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in London/UK, Director General for Foreign Cultural Policy, Ambassador to the UK and Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He published numerous books and articles on 19th and 20th Century Austrian and European history.

    Erhard Busek (born 1941 in Vienna) is former Austrian Minister for Science and Research, for Education, Vice-Chancellor; Special Representative of the Austrian Government for the Enlargement of the EU, Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe, President of the Vienna Economic Forum. Presently, he is Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative and Jean Monnet Professor ad personam.