Popular or Populist Democracy in Central Europe?

The Institute of International Relations and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized an international conference "Popular or Populist Democracy in Central Europe?".


Date: 27.02.2014
Time: 10:00
Venue: Great Hall, the Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Loretánské náměstí 5, Prague 1
In cooperation: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Prague
Organized by: Vladimír Handl



9:30 – 10:00    Registration

10:00 – 10:15     Opening remarks

Mirko Hempel, Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's Regional Office in Prague for the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Head of Research Department, Institute of International Relations, Prague

10:15 – 11:45     Panel I: Central European populism in a comparative view

Chair: Volker Weichsel, Editor of the journal “Osteuropa”, Berlin
Bálint Magyar, former Minister of Education, Budapest: Populism as a response to the crisis of traditional party systems
Tanja Binder, member of the “Wahl-O-Mat” scientific team, Germany: Right-wing Populism and European Democracy - Lessons from Austria and France
Kai-Olaf Lang, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin: Populism as a response to the trust crisis in the public affairs governance and/or good governance failure
Petra Rakušanová Guasti, Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences, Prague: Populism as a response to the Eurozone crisis – a Czech view

12:00 – 13:00     Keynote speeches

Petr Drulák, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Ernst Hillebrand, Head of the Department for International Policy Analysis, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin
Discussion moderated by Mirko Hempel, Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Regional office Prague for the Czech Republic and Slovakia

13:00 – 14:00     Lunch

14:00 – 15:30     Panel II: European integration as a source or a solution of populism?

Chair: Lucia Najšlová, Charles University, V4 Revue / EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague
Vladimír Bilčík, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava: Central Europe in EU governance debate
Josef Janning, Mercator Fellow, DGAP Berlin: German Hegemony in the Eurozone?
Vít Beneš, Institute of International Relations, Prague: European integration as a top-down project of elites and the role of national parliaments
Agata Gostyńska, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw: EP elections and their implications on the interinstitutional relations

You can download the programme here.

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Conference reports

Panel I.

Keynote speeches

Panel II.