Side Event

The future according to Tanja Fajon, Ivan Krastev and Jacques Rupnik

4 September, 19.00 – 20.00, Grand Hotel Toplice, Lake Lounge

What drives Europe and the world in the 21st century? Can we overcome the current atmosphere of fear, helplessness and hopelessness?

In an informal chat with the three thinkers we will ‘pick their brain’ about big societal issues that are the EU’s key challenges for the next decade. We will ask them how the move towards a society of change and innovation is reshaping Europe’s economic model. Will everything in the future really be completely digital? On the issues of global social and democratic revolution, how can Europe deal with growing economic (and political) inequalities within the EU and beyond, and how can we restore trust in democracy, especially among the younger generation? Also, we will tackle issues of global geopolitical revolution, and ask them how they see the role of Europe in the new fragile and unpredictable world order.


  • Ms Tanja Fajon, Member of European Parliament, Slovenia
  • Mr Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Bulgaria
  • Prof. Dr Jacques Rupnik, Senior Research Fellow at CERI, Sciences Po, France

Moderator: Mr Dragan Barbutovski, Director of Think Europe, Slovenia