14th August 2017: “In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US” (analysis in Christian Science Monitor) The lack of a quick, clear response to the weekend events in Charlottesville from the White House left Europe – which has had a long struggle with racism and white supremacy – deeply concerned about Trump’s values.I was […]
In the summer 2017 , young people from Germany and the three Baltic states came together in Viinistu/Estonia in order to discuss the current “hot” European issues such as refugees, Brexit and terrorism and to eloborate via voting a declaration on European identity. All was organized from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
On Friday, 7th July I was honoured to debate with Hans-Jörg Schmitt, co-founder of the new movement Pulse of Europe, and Axel Voss, Member of European Parliament. The event took place at the University of Bonn. Moderator was Maximilian Nowroth from Handelsblatt. We discussed if populism and national egoism pushing forward or stopping the European […]
Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 On June 29 in Gütersloh the 2017 Reinhard Mohn Prize on the forward-looking topic “Smart Country – Connected. Intelligent. Digital.” was awarded to former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves. He was honored for his pioneering work in promoting digitalization in government, education and public services. I helped […]
“Cultural identity is the key issue why people in Europe are afraid. Israel doesn’t accept illegal immigration and outlines the risks of the German culture.” Had a great debate on migration with the lovely Sharren Haskel, youngest MP of the Knesset, on 23rd Mai 2017 in Tel Aviv, thanks to the great Davidi Hermelin, President […]
In Porto, the European Ideas Network (Palacio da Bolsa) with MEPs, MPs, think tankers and academics has discussed the future of Europe on 4th and 5th May 2017. I contributed especially on the populist challenge, the transatlantic relations and the Brexit and offered some counter-strategies.
E-Estonia as trendsetter in Europe. What is behind and why Germany can learn from it? Nice movie from the Bertelsmann-Stiftung which I helped the film team to make it possible – worth to see it (just 6 minutes): Just check it out! https://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/de/mediathek/medien/mid/smart-country-estland-ist-das-land-in-der-cloud/
Interview in Radio Switzerland (Link with Podcast) May legt Brexit-Fahrplan vor«Vieles spricht für die harte Variante» Dienstag, 17. Januar 2017 Wie weiter nach dem Brexit? Der Politologe Florian Hartleb sieht schwere Zeiten auf Grossbritannien zukommen. May stellt Brexit-Pläne vor Audio «May stellt Brexit-Pläne vor» abspielen.Audio «May stellt Brexit-Pläne vor» in externem Player öffnen.Audio 4:15 […]
Estonia’s Transformation: From Soviet State to Digital Pioneer November 2016 By guest writer Florian Hartleb Estonia’s digital transformation is well underway. In the former Soviet state, SIM cards serve as ID and tax returns are filed at the click of a mouse. In 2009, a company was established in a world-record 18 minutes and 3 […]
What is the world doing for migrants? Today, on 18th December 2016, it is International Migrants Day. Migrants and refugees cross borders in search of better economic and social conditions. Many others are forced to flee conflict or persecution. The current record levels of mass movement of displaced people has given rise to xenophobia and […]