Edward Lucas is the Central and Eastern European correspondent for The Economist and is deputy editor of the International section. Over his career as a journalist, he has covered Russia and Central and Eastern Europe and has unique insights into the political and economic climate of the former communist countries and how developments there will affect the West. Foreign Policy magazine named him in their Who's Who of Foreign Policy Tweeters in Europe. Edward's talk was about Eastern Europe -- a concept that never really existed, doesn't exist now and certainly shouldn't exist in our "new normal" and his aim is to persuade everyone to stop using it.
Edward spoke at TEDxKraków, an independently organised TED event which took place on 20 October 2011 at the Manggha Centre for Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków, Poland. Our theme was "The New Normal" and we asked our speakers to tell us about what we might just have to get used to once the dust settles from the various ongoing geopolitical, financial and environmental crises.
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