The Future of Europe- A Big Ideas Event – The Centre for Independent Studies

The Future of Europe- A Big Ideas Event

The modern world began in Athens and Rome; is it likely to end there too?
Europe, the continent that gave the world democracy, rule of law, tolerance, universities, the industrial revolution and a vast heritage in literature, music and the arts, is looking increasingly frail. Its native population is ageing rapidly. Its countries are burdened by massive amounts of public debt. Its societies, unable to integrate migrants from different cultural backgrounds, are facing the threat of segregation. The post-war project of European unity is struggling under a quagmire of bureaucracy imposed by the European Union, which suffers from the contempt and frustration of its citizens.
Has unification failed? Will the European Union disband, and will the common currency survive? These are some of the many uncertainties Europe faces today, and solutions must be found. But what does all of this mean for Australia? Is the European crisis a regional phenomenon or does it foreshadow greater troubles for the West?

An impressive line-up of international experts will explore and expand on these issues:

  • Henryk M. Broder – Polish-born German journalist for Der Spiegel and noted polemicist with interests in German identity, Judaism and Islam in Europe
  • Professor Frank Furedi – Hungarian-born British sociologist and professor at the University of Kent, and author ofTherapy Culture, Where Have all the Intellectuals Gone? and Politics of Fear
  • Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich – German-born economist, writer and media commentator with The Centre for Independent Studies
  • Johan Norberg – Swedish writer and free-market scholar with the Cato Institute who focuses on economics, globalisation and individual liberty. Author In Defense of Global Capitalism and Financial Fiasco: How America’s Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis.Reservations are essential and places must be paid for in advance. Seats are transferable but non-refundable. We expect interest in this event to be high so please be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

The CIS is grateful for the generous media support of The Weekend Australian for this event.