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Europe-Russia Forum, Vienna 2007 Alfred Gusenbauer, Chancellor of Austria Mirek Topolanek, Prime Minister of Czech Republic Gedyminas Kirkilas, Prime Minister of Lithuania Zygmunt Berdychowski

USA. It was exactly at the Forum where Fried made a declaration that an American anti-missile shield would be built in Poland. One of the Forum guests was Vaclav Havel, a legend of Czech and Central-European opposition, who was later President of the Czech Republic. For many years the debates of the Forum of Krynica have been accompanied by the Economic Forum of Yong Leaders in Nowy Sącz. Young activists and students are interested in transformations taking place in the region.

he European Union became an ever-more important global player. However the European Union is no monolith. Therefore, we have to answer a question about what role Central Europe is to play in Europe and in the world. In 2008 the question was asked whether Central Europe was an actor or merely an onlooker witnessing integration processes. Donald Tusk, who was present at the Forum, spo- ke about Poland and its prospects for joining the Eurozone. For a few years there had been an upward trend in the number of Forum participants. In the year 2008 the number of participants reached 2,000 people, half of whom were foreign gu- ests. T

he year 2009 was a jubilee year for Central Europe. It was the 20th anniversary of the transformations started in Poland by the great Solidarity movement, which lead to the accession of the whole region to the NATO and EU structu- res, the breakdown of the Soviet empire and the creation of independent countries in its wake. During the nineteenth Forum participants asked questions about Eu- T


Short History of the Forum


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