Registrations for the event are now closed.
On Monday October 8th, the BBC World Service Radio programme World Questions comes to Vienna, for a public debate at the Theatre Museum in the city’s historic centre, at a crucial time for the country. The discussion, which will be held in English, will cover political, social and foreign policy issues and will include Spokesman of the Austrian Federal Government, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Leader of the liberal NEOS party, Beate Meinl-Reisinger, Rector of The Academy of Fine Arts, Eva Blimlinger and former President of the Austrian National Bank, Claus Raidl. Austria is currently governed by a coalition between the ruling People’s Party and the far right Freedom Party – and has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union with the motto – “A Europe that protects” - which aims to focus efforts on the fight against illegal immigration into the EU. Jonathan Dimbleby will present the programme, which will be led by questions from an Austrian audience.
The programme will be recorded at Theatermuseum on October 8th. Registration will open at 17.55, with the event commencing at 18.00. The evening will consist of a reception, an artistic performance and the debate.
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