Institute of European Democrats in collaboration with the Hungarian Europe Society organized the international workshop title "V4 Europe – Pieces of Populism and How to Overcome the Challenge". The event took place on Thursday 8th June 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.
The workshop welcomed a number of distinguished speakers coming from national parliaments, academia and well-know European think-tanks and NGOs who discussed the rise of populism in, and not only, Central European region. In this new political era, populist forces winning elections threaten dominant liberal values, undermine constitutional checks and balances, and build illiberal states in the Visegrad region, inside the European Union. Still, in 2017, democratic and liberal political actors as well as representatives of the civil society seem to "clash back" in a significant number of member states of the European Union. The goal of the event was thus to elaborate comprehensive political-ideological visions, institutional and structural renewal and fresh policy proposals in order to overcome the populist threat at national, regional and European levels.
The workshop was divided into 3 panels:
The Impact of Migration on the Rise of Populism
Populism, Economic Nationalism, Corruption
Roundtable: The populist Zeitgeist and the foundations of a democratic, liberal counter-tendency in Europe
The conference was organized with the financial support of the European Parliament.
Gergely ROMSICS, Senior Research Fellow, Research Center for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest “From Progressive to Reactionary Populism. The case of East Central Europe and the Balkans.”
Anna VISVIZI, Head of Research, Institute of East-Central Europe (IESW), Poland Associate Professor, Deree-The American College of Greece “Querying the Migration-Populism Nexus: Poland and Greece in Focus”