Online Seminar: Die politischen Folgen der Pandemie

The seminar examines Europe-wide trends and focuses on specific countries

At the beginning of 2020, Italy’s Matteo Salvini was planning his return to power, while Germany’s AfD was scoring political successes. Currently, the European populist right seems less vociferous.  Is it only an impression?

The arrival of Covid 19 obliged European governments to adopt a variety of country-specific measures designed to halt the spread of the pandemic. The consequences of these adopted measures have affected political landscapes. Which are the major trends? Is it possible to foresee some political consequences of the pandemic?

Part 1: European political trends

When: Monday, 28 September 2020, 9:00-10:30 CEST

Judy Dempsey, Berlin-based non-resident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. Former journalist and international correspondent for the International Herald tribune, Financial Times, Irish Times, etc. Europe’s Futures Fellow.

Jiří Schneider, Prague-based international consultant, former Czech ambassador and deputy foreign minister, MP and think tank analyst. Former director of The Aspen Institute Central Europe.

Part 2: Italy and Poland – Old and New Divisions

When: Monday, 5 October 2020, 9:00-10:30 CEST

Francesca de Benedetti, Rome-based journalist, Domani/La Repubblica

Piotr Buras, head of the Warsaw office and senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, political analyst, and journalist. Former Europe’s Futures Fellow.


Part 3: Protests in Germany and Bulgaria

When: Monday, 12 October 2020, 9:00-10:30 CEST

Antonie Rietzschel, Leipzig-based journalist specialised in the far right, writing for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. 

Evgenii Dainov, professor of political science at the New Bulgarian University, political commentator, author, and rock musician.


Concept and moderation 

Mirjana Tomić, Presseclub Concordia/ Fjum, and Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures


Registered participants will receive a Zoom link and the password one day before each event. Registration deadline for the first event: Saturday, 26 September 2020.

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