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A Conference on Populism, Extremism and Euro-Skepticism in Today's European Societies

A  Conference on Populism, Extremism and Euro-Skepticism in Today's European Societies

On 5 September 2017, the Goethe-Institut together with the European Movement International are holding an event to mark the official launch of the e-book EUROPEAN ANGST. The event will feature a debate on populism, extremism and euroscepticism in contemporary European societies.

This event is the follow-up to the EUROPEAN ANGST conference organised in December, which aimed to break out of the comfort zone of liberal consensus by inviting controversial thinkers and creating a space for passionate debate, reflection and in-depth analysis. Participants included the writers and philosophers Slavoj Žižek, Didier Eribon, Elif Shafak and Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, as well as over 40 students. Representing the decision makers of tomorrow, the students played an active role in the conference and drafted a manifesto on Europe’s future that was then handed over to EU officials.

Event programme

  • Presentation of the e-book EUROPEAN ANGST
  • Panel discussion with:
    Jo Leinen MEP, President, European Movement International
    Cristina Nord, Regional Head of Cultural Programmes, Goethe-Institut Brussels
    Anna-Lena Sender, Student, Erasmus-Mundus-Masters “Euroculture” (University of Göttingen and Groningen)
    Anna Widegren, Secretary General, European Youth Forum

Moderation: Joanna Nahorska, Coordinator of Events at the European Endowment for Democracy

Find out more about the e-book launch event on 5 September 2017 here or register directly here. The event will be held in English. 

The EUROPEAN ANGST conference was an initiative by Goethe-Institut Brussels together with four EUNIC-members, the Czech Centre, the Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Polish Institute in Brussels and BOZAR. It was supported by European Movement International, Evens Foundation, and the Ambassade de France en Belgique, with the mediapartner being EU Observer.