STUDIO BONN. Listening to the Future

The Common Ground
404 – Europe not found

Thursday, 9 December, 7.00 pm – in 2G!
Live in the Forum and livestreamed

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Do school and university prepare me sufficiently for life in the Europe of the future? Why are there so many different excuses for the fact that digitalisation does not work Europe-wide, even though we allegedly all want the same thing? Is there a young, European consciousness; is democracy in danger? And where do we actually find our much-vaunted European culture? Studio Bonn celebrates the launch of the podcast Europe, what’s up? It offers a forum for young Europeans to ask questions about Europe and for experts to answer them.

Europe, what’s up? is produced in cooperation with the initiative Its co-founder Janis Gebhardt has travelled to six European countries to collect the voices of the generation that is in the process of discovering Europe and to record their hopes and their scepticism. The first three episodes will be released on 9 December with responses by the historian Ute Frevert and Quang Paasch from Fridays for Future. The fourth episode will be recorded that evening in the Forum of the Bundeskunsthalle.

The young Europeans are represented by 21-year-old Rus Gheorghiu Eva Iulia from Timișoara (Romania) and 20-year-old Artūrs Zāģeris from Riga (Latvia). They are joined by Johannes Nichelmann, journalist, book author and presenter of Europe, what’s up?

The ‘other side’ is made up of the entrepreneur Ghazaleh Koohestanian, founder and CEO of re2you, who works on solutions for European data sovereignty; philosopher Lorenzo Marsili („Wir heimatlosen Weltbürger“, Suhrkamp 2019), founder of the pan-European party DiEM25 with Yanis Varoufakis and campaiger for a more democratic, just and culturally open Europe with the organisation European Alternatives; and political analyst Sophie Pornschlegel, currently a fellow at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. They talk about what could and should work better in Europe – and the contribution that digital and cultural infrastructure could make.

Supported with funds from Neustart Kultur