Crisis Talk of 13. November 2019

Far-reaching political decisions in the EU are increasingly taken in crisis mode. Since the financial crash and Eurozone crisis, images of and press conferences on emergency summits which extend long into the night have found their way into public perception as standard procedure for taking specific decisions. As soon as one crisis has been solved, the next one comes along. Recent examples include this year‘s negotiations over the election of the EU Commission President. This Crisis Talk addresses the subject of decision-making under crisis conditions. Crises are characterised by the fact that existing certainties no longer apply, and that the pressure to find solutions is especially high when there is a perceived existential threat. The focus of discussion in this Crisis Talk is the analysis of such decision-making situations. How well do decisions taken in crisis mode, in the context of the financial crisis, Brexit, immigration, for example, stand up to scrutiny? Should we continue to interpret crises as one-off, exceptional situations, or is the EU itself a prime example of an organisation operating in permanent crisis mode? If the latter is true, then what could be the impact on European democracy?


Mark Weinmeister
Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hessen

Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt


Prof. Dr. Oliver Ibert
Director of the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space

Panel discussion

Prof. Dr. Oliver Ibert

Dr. Carsten Pillath
Director-General, Council of the European Union

Prof. Dr. Mark Rhinard
Stockholm University, Institute of International Affairs


Ralph Sina
Head of WDR/NDR-Radiostudio Brussels