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World Leaders Respond to the European Crisis, April 17

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
12:00 AM
Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies presents World Leaders Respond to the European Crisis: A View from Warsaw, Prague, and Budapest
• Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland, 1995-2005
• Petr Pithart, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, 1990-1992
• László Sólyom, President of Hungary, 2005-2010
As the recent crises in Hungary, Greece, and other European countries demonstrate, democracy in Europe may be established—but it is not stable. The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland are widely recognized for their accomplishments in the transition to electoral democracy and to free market economies. With these successes come challenges: both citizens and scholars have raised concerns about corruption, the moral fabric of society, abuse of government power, and the need to build further political institutions. Given their active role in transforming their countries, and the wealth of their experience, our invited guests offer a unique perspective on the recent events in Europe in this context.
Co-sponsored by the International Policy Center.