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07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populism

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Future of the EU
english language

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’.

Speakers

Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin
Co-founder, For a decent Slovakia Initiative, Bratislava
Theatre and film director, YouTube vlogger; Founder, Country For All, Budapest
Co-founder and board member of Operation Libero (Switzerland); Senior Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen
Former President, German Bundestag, Berlin

Daphne BÜLLESBACH

Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin

 *1982 Bremen
2000-2002 Hockerill Anglo-European College, Bishop's Stortford
2002-2006 Bachelor, European Studies, King's College London
2004 Federal Ministry of Justice, Berlin
2004-2005 Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris (Sciences-Po), Paris
2004-2005 Amnesty International France, Paris
2006-2007 Master, Modern Society and Global Transformations, University of Cambridge
2007-2008 FLACSO Argentina - Latin-American Institute for Social Sciences, Buenos Aires
2008-2009 Junior Project Manager, GIZ - German International Cooperation Agency International Services, Brussels
2009-2010 Mercator Fellowship in International Affairs
2009 European Department / EU Justice and Home Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
2010 Office with Regional Function for East and Central Africa, International Organisation for Migration, Nairobi
2010 UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rabat
2010-2013 Coordinator, European Alternatives Berlin
2011-2013 Evaluation Officer, Camino gGmbh - Werkstatt für Ideen, Berlin
since 2014 Director, European Alternatives (Citizenship and Democracy Director until 2015, from March 2015 on Director of Programmes)
since 2017 Executive Director, European Alternatives

Karolina FARSKA

Co-founder, For a decent Slovakia Initiative, Bratislava

 Karolína Farská is one of the founders of the platform "For a decent Slovakia". The initiative against corruption started ist activism in the beginning of 2018 after an investigative journalist and his fiancée were murdered in Slovakia. Protests and gatherings took place in more than 60 cities in Slovakia and all around the world, which lead to the resignation of the Prime Minister and the formation of a new Slovak government.
 
 Karolína is also the co-founder of the anticorruption marches initiative. Driven by the central aim to support active citizenship and retrieve trust in public institutions, marches and demonstrations were organised across Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Karolina graduated year from a secondary grammar school in 2018 and is going to study European Studies at Comenius University in 2019.

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 of Operation Libero (Switzerland); 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).

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

13:30 - 16:30My Europe - My StoryPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in educationPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
15:00 - 16:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
17:00 - 18:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:30 - 20:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in politicsPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do?Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in businessPartner
09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary