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?".

27. 2. 2014 (10:00)

Great Hall, the Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Loretánské náměstí 5, Prague 1


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



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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Prague