First workshop session of the V4 in Europe initiative. After attending the World Forum for Democracy, participant from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will meet in Warsaw to discuss the most pressing challenges faced by the European Union. They will meet with experts, politicians and diplomats to debate the opportunities of Visegrad cooperation, role of V4 in the broader context of European integration and possible scenarios for the future.
Is Populism a Problem ? The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards. How can pluralism, freedom of expression, and fair and evidence-based public debate be safeguarded in these new conditions? How to nourish political culture which embraces a long-term perspective and resists the excesses of populism?