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07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populism

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Future of the EU
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From integration to creating more equal chances of participation, civil society plays an essential role in the construction of a pluralistic and diverse society. Thus, it helps to shape the concept of ‘European citizenship’ aiming towards a united Europe. What plausible options beyond institutional democratic structures can facilitate organising and opening a European civil society? How can civil society further develop a narrative that rejects populist discourses and instead presents a Europe built upon the foundations of solidarity and belonging?
Additional input to this topic is offered during the plenary on ‘Democracies under pressure’ and in the Breakout Session 19 ‘The media and populism’.

Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin
Theatre and film director, YouTube vlogger; Founder, Country For All, Budapest
Co-founder and board member, Operation Libero; Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen
Former President, German Bundestag, Berlin
Journalist and Co-Editor, Republik AG, Zurich

Array Daphne BÜLLESBACH

Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin

Hockerill Anglo-European College, Bishop's Stortford Bachelor, European Studies, King's College London Federal Ministry of Justice, Berlin Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris (Sciences-Po), Paris Amnesty International France, Paris Master, Modern Society and Global Transformations, University of Cambridge FLACSO Argentina - Latin-American Institute for Social Sciences, Buenos Aires Junior Project Manager, GIZ - German International Cooperation Agency International Services, Brussels Mercator Fellowship in International Affairs European Department / EU Justice and Home Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin Office with Regional Function for East and Central Africa, International Organisation for Migration, Nairobi UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rabat Coordinator, European Alternatives Berlin Evaluation Officer, Camino gGmbh - Werkstatt für Ideen, Berlin Director, European Alternatives (Citizenship and Democracy Director until 2015, from March 2015 on Director of Programmes)
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Array Marton GULYAS

Theatre and film director, YouTube vlogger; Founder, Country For All, Budapest

 Márton Gulyás (1986) theatre and film producer/director. Previously managing director for over half of a decade of Krétakör (Chalkcircle) Ensemble. Gulyás has presented his productions in Budapest, the Berlin Biennale, and the Münich Opera Festival. He is the host of Hungary’s biggest political youtube channel: slejm. He is also founder and activist of the Country For All movement.

Dr. Stefan SCHLEGEL

Co-founder and board member, Operation Libero; Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

 Stefan Schlegel is a legal scientist. He got his Ph.D. from the University of Berne in Switzerland. Stefan got involved in Immigration Law as a student and volunteered in local NGOs providing legal advice to irregular migrants and asylum seekers. Stefan is a co-founder of the young Swiss Think Tank "foraus - Forum Aussenpolitik" and a former member of its board. In 2014, Stefan co-founded the political movement and campaigning organization "Operation Libero" that is fighting for an open and tolerant Switzerland in an open and tolerant Europe. He is a member of its board and responsible for its political program. He is a Senior Research Fellow at a Max Planck Institute in Göttingen (D).

Dr. Rita SÜSSMUTH

Former President, German Bundestag, Berlin

 Prof. Rita Süssmuth is former President of the German Bundestag and former Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Women, Youth and Health in Germany. In 2006 she became the Chair of the EU High Level Group on "Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and their full Participation in the Labor Market". She was also Director of the Research Institute "Woman and Society" and is currently the President of the Consortium of Germany Universities for the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (K-DTU). Prof. Süssmuth was Chair of the Independent Council of Experts on Migration and Integration and holds a series of other positions with national and international bodies such as President of the German Poland Institute (DPI) and as Chairwoman of the Polish-German Science Foundation (DPWS).

Array Daniel BINSWANGER

Journalist and Co-Editor, Republik AG, Zurich

 Daniel Binswanger, born 1969, studied Philosophy and Comparative Literature in Berlin and Paris. From 2002 on, he has been working as Paris correspondent at different Swiss newspapers. Mr Binswanger has published a weekly column since ten years, in which current political and economic issues of national and international importance are discussed. The column was published in the paper "Das Magazin" until late 2017 and since then in the new Swiss digital magazine "Die Republik". Additionally, he will manage Republik’s new feature article (Feuilleton), starting from September 2018.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30 My Europe – My Story Partner
15:00 - 16:30 Opening Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 New perspectives on EU enlargement Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Drink reception Social

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in education Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offer Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in Europe Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulation Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EU Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysis Breakout
13:00 - 14:15 Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides? Plenary
15:00 - 16:15 Democracies under pressure Plenary
16:30 - 18:30 Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regions Partner
16:30 - 18:30 Green Finance: Private capital against climate change Partner
16:45 - 18:15 The subsidiarity principle under scrutiny Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 European-Israeli Dinner Social
18:15 - 19:00 POLITICO Happy Hour Social

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politics Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transition Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable development Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnerships Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvement Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration? Breakout
11:00 - 12:45 From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisis Partner
12:30 - 13:45 Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia Plenary
14:15 - 15:45 European Union – Russia: What to do? Plenary
16:15 - 17:15 The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council Presidency Plenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in business Partner
07:30 - 08:30 The rule of law under scrutiny Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate change Plenary