The Europe of the EU is currently in a state of crisis. This is not one clearly defined crisis, however, but an amorphous conglomeration of elements of crisis, ranging from financial and economic to political crisis. Trust in the EU from within and without is declining. Unemployment, extremism, populism, austerity measures and constitutional crises are all part of the story. This battery of phenomena, whose interactions are hard to define, was discussed in the Palais in August 2013 by a prominent trio: Dr. Othmar Karas (Vice-President of the European Parliament), Professor Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann (Vice-President of European Forum Alpbach) and Dr. Herbert Dorfmann (South Tyrolean Member of the European Parliament).