Freie Universitaet Berlin: Populism and the Future of Democracy in Europe

On Thursday, September 16, Freie Universität Berlin’s international short-term study programs FU-BEST (European Studies) and FUBiS (International Summer and Winter University) will present an online panel discussion on “Populism and the Future of Democracy in Europe.” The discussion will feature four experts, whose research and publications deal with the phenomenon of populism in politics and society.

What forms of populism are there and why are we experiencing this phenomenon so strongly today? What role do factors such as globalization, migration, and nationalism play in this context? How has the corona pandemic affected the phenomenon of populism? Should populism be seen primarily as a threat, or does it also open up new, useful insights into the dynamics of political development in Europe? These and other questions will be the focus of the panel discussion.

The event will be live-streamed in English via Webex, and viewers are invited to participate virtually via the chat function. The event will be held in English.

Dr. Dirk Verheyen (moderator): Academic director, FU-BEST
Dr. Catherine Fieschi: Director of Counterpoint and senior adviser to the macro-advisory firm MAP
Nicole Loew: Research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Büttner: Assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and guest professor of Macrosociology at the Institute of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin
Dr. Kai-Olaf Lang: Senior fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP)
Panel Discussion Broadcast
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00–8:30 p.m. CET
Live stream via Webex Events: (password: berlintalks); available later on the website as well as on the YouTube channels of FU-BEST and FUBiS, the organizers of the event.

The event will be held in English and will be broadcast live from the Academic Senate Hall of Freie Universität Berlin.Online viewers are invited to participate via the chat function with questions and comments.