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

In cooperation with Central European University, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Austrian Society for European Politics and University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences we would like to cordially invite you to the conference on the topic of nationalistic populism and its reception in Central Europe.

The debate will be held on April 4th, 2018 from 15:00 to 17:30 at the European House (Evropský dům, Jungmannova 24, Prague 1).

Speakers: (representing the five partner institutions)

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

Kateřina Davidová, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

15:00-15:30 Registration
15:30-15:45 Opening Remarks & Keynote Speech: Aleš Chmelař, State Secretary for European Affairs
15:45-16:45 Panel discussion
16:45-17:30 Q&A session

You can register at or contact us via You can download the invitation on the right of this article. The event is also available on Facebook.

The debate will be held in English and simultaneously translated to Czech. Drinks and catering will be provided at the event. 

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. These are all very complex questions that bear significant relevance for current European politics. 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.

We look forward to your participation!

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Christian Kvorning Lassen
Deputy Director & Head of Research

Expertise: Migration/European migration crisis, EU foreign policy, Scandinavian politics, populism, EU enlargement policy

Kateřina Davidová
Senior Research Fellow

Expertise: EU climate and energy policy, environmental protection

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