In September, Benjamin Zeeb and James Bartholomeusz represented the Project for Democratic Union at the Eastern Institute’s 25th Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland.
On invitation from the Institute, Benjamin and James spent 8-10 September in Krynica at a conference discussing a wide range of political, economic and technological topics, a quarter-century on from Poland’s first post-communist elections.
Benjamin spoke on a panel entitled ‘Economic decline and the rise of nationalism’ alongside PDU patron Professor Péter Balázs and David Thomas, executive chairman of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE). Benjamin drew attention to the dangerous feedback loop between economic insecurity and the re-nationalisation of political sovereignty in Europe, arguing that national solutions cannot provide us with the strong vision for that we need. The discussion was chaired by Rudi Guraziu of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE).
James chaired a panel entitled ‘Youth unemployment: An analysis of national support schemes in Europe’, featuring Berit Kvam, editor-in-chief of the Nordic Labour Journal, and Hungarian government minister Katalin Novak. Whilst all panellists agreed on the magnitude of the issue and the great risk of a ‘lost generation’ of young Europeans, a lively debate took place between those advocating free-market and state-sponsored solutions.
The PDU would like to thank the Forum organisers, and we look forward to future collaboration with the Eastern Institute.