Sebastian Schäffer

Sebastian Schäffer is the managing director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) in Vienna, Austria, and secretary-general of the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC). He is the founder and CEO of Seminars Simulations Consulting (SSC) Europe and an associate fellow at the Future of Europe Programme of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia. Schäffer studied political science, European law and Slavonic studies in Munich and East European Studies in Regensburg, Germany. He is working on reform of European integration and future scenarios for the Eastern Partnership.

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

April 13, 2021

Hostilities between Ukraine and Russia reached an alarming level last week when further Russian troops were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Despite a statement from the Kremlin describing the act as “not threatening,” Kyiv accused Moscow of moving thousands of soldiers to its northern and eastern borders and on the...

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

February 26, 2021

The ongoing political crisis in Georgia has been ramped up a notch over the last few days. The polarization of Georgian society, which is reflected at the political level, has reached a new high after the parliamentary elections last October, but especially so since the arrest and imprisonment of opposition...