The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is a regional think tank registered as an association and predominantly financed by public funds. Founded in 1953, the Vienna-based institute carries out research with a geographical focus on Central, East and South East Europe, particularly focusing on the Danube Region.

Info Europa: Information on the Danube Region and Central Europe” is the thematic issue of the IDM. The publication addresses German-speaking readers and informs them about developments in the region in three issues per year.

The first issue of the year, entitled “Cultural Guide to Central Europe,” focuses on developments in the fields of art and culture. The two other issues are devoted to current socio-political topics – always from a deliberately cross-border perspective.

Since the creation of the publication in July 2000, then still under the title “Focus Europe”, the series has developed into a unique chronicle of European stories without losing sight of the country-specific features – a publication which is based in Vienna, but finds its home in all of Europe.


Here you find the two first publications of the year (only in German language):

1/2022: Berührungspunkte

How is contactlessness changing culture? How can we create closeness via the screen? And how do we find and maintain points of contact between ourselves and our neighbors in Europe? With the Cultural Guide Central Europe 2022 , we deliberately put a colon behind the pandemic and let ourselves be inspired once again by the diversity and creativity of this region.



2/2022: Aufbruch im Lokalen? Veränderungskraft im Donauraum

Experts from the countries of the Danube region focus on the power of change at the local level. They trace the 2019 “Pact of Free Cities”, talk to local activists and look for strategies against social exclusion and isolation. The authors deliberately wear cross-border glasses and explore how cross-border cooperation can succeed. Because when war is raging in Europe, authoritarian politicians are restricting freedom and the climate emergency is forcing action, cities and communities are once again called upon to offer solutions.