Anti EU-rhetoric versus national interests? Nationalistic populism and its reception in Central Europe

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy would like to cordially invite you to the debate:

Anti EU-rhetoric versus national interests? Nationalistic populism and its reception in Central Europe

Starting at 15:00 on April 4, 2018 at the European House, (Jungmannova 24, Prague 1).

We are happy to confirm the participation of:

  • Paul Schmidt – Secretary General, ÖGfE – Austrian Society for European Politics, Vienna, Austria (Lead Organisation) 
  • Christian Kvorning Lassen – Research Fellow, EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy, Prague, Czech Republic 
  • Gabriella Göbl – Research Fellow, Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary 
  • Dominika Hajdu – Project Coordinator, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia 
  • Nina Pejic – Researcher, Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Opening Remarks & Keynote Speech: Aleš Chmelař, State Secretary for European Affairs, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

Moderation: Kateřina Davidová, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague, Czech Republic.

Political discourse in Central Europe is increasingly shaped and influenced by EU-skepticism and aims at national based policy solutions rather than common European strategies. Often this discourse is characterized by simplified, nationalist-populistic rhetoric. Is this political trajectory harming national interests? 

This event is part of an EU-funded ‘Europe for Citizens’ research project that examines why political and societal actors resort to this “anti-European” rhetoric. It aims to show if/to what extent and why people believe in this rhetoric and regard it as justified. In addition, it seeks to depict to what extent anti-European and isolationist, contrarian policymaking fails to deliver on its own promises, and may even be damaging to an effective promotion of national interests. 

The project adopts a bottom-up approach, which involves the opinions of as many citizens as possible in the countries concerned (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia). The panel discussion will present the initial findings of the project based on a representative public opinion survey conducted in all five countries that asked questions relating to trust in EU institutions and policies, anti-migration attitudes, and trust in democracy.

The debate will be held in English. Drinks and catering will be provided at the event. Live translation from English to Czech will be available at the event.

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