Far-right Policies and Rhetoric are advancing in Europe: Is there a red Line?

  • Conference

  • 22. September, 9 – 12.30 Uhr

  • Presseclub Concordia, ERSTE Stiftung, fjum, Europe's Future – Ideas For Action (IWM)

Mandatory Registration by Thursday 21 September 2023, noon.

IN PERSON attendance: register HERE
ZOOM participation: register HERE

Far-right parties have been advancing in Europe and some of their discourses and policies have become mainstream. These parties may increase their influence after the upcoming 2023 elections in Slovakia and Poland, as well as after the 2024 European elections. Although their similarities are often evoked, their local policies may be quite different. Yet, as time passes by, both rhetoric and policies are becoming more extreme.

Is there a red line that cannot crossed? Does the red line differ from country to country?

9:00-9:10 Greetings
Daniela Kraus, General Secretary, Presseclub Concordia; Ivan Vejvoda, Head of Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Action, IWM; Mirjana Tomić fjum/Presseclub Concordia

9:15-10:30 Panel Conversation followed by Q&A
Far-right rhetoric and policies: what is the red line in Slovakia, Germany, Finland and Austria?

Austria: Bernhard Weidinger, senior researcher at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) in Vienna. Academic advisor to to the Austrian Journal for Historical Studies and to erinnern.at, and Austria’s federal program for teaching and learning about National Socialism and the Holocaust.

Slovakia: Iveta Radičová, sociologist, Dean of Media Faculty, Paneuropean University in Bratislava. Slovakia’s Prime Minister (2010-2012); Minister of Defence (2011-2012), Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, and Family (2005-2006)

Germany: Ann-Katrin Müller, journalist, AfD expert, Der Spiegel

Finland: Tuija Saresma, gender expert, University of Jyväskylä

Moderator: Mirjana Tomić, fjum/Presseclub Concordia

10:30- 11:00 Coffee, networking and informal discussion on how to counter the far-right advance

11:00-12:00 Panel Conversation followed by Q&A
Far-right rhetoric and policies: What is the red line in Spain, Poland, Italy, and France?

Spain: Ramón González Ferriz, columnist, El Confidencial, book author

Poland: Karolina Zbytniewska, historian, sociologist, journalist, University of Warsaw

Italy/France: Alberto Alemanno, lawyer, professor, HEC Paris, advocate, author

Moderator: Ivan Vejvoda, Head of Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Action, IWM

Closing remarks and ideas how to stop the advance of the far-right

Target Groups
Austrian and international journalists, thinktank analysts, and academics

Number of participants in Presseclub Concordia
Maximum: 50
Number of participants in Zoom
Maximum: 70

Additional Information
Mirjana Tomic
Cell: +43 676 365 26 93