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?
On 5 - 9 June, the Visegrad School of Political Studies hosted participants from the Visegrad countries and Russia during the June session of the VSPS Meets Russia initiative. The program, titled “Empowering Civil Society” is created for representatives of NGOs and civic activists. By sharing experience, analyzing common challenges and issues, as well [...]
The Town Hall Meeting in Skopje on April 4th, organized in cooperation with the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis”, presented the key issues hindering Macedonians’ citizens successful fight against corruption. The first panel chaired by Senior Researcher at the Center for Research at the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” highlighted the points of view of citizens [...]
After June’s workshops in Belgrade, 25 participants from Western Balkans (Serbia) and Visegrad group are coming in July with A study visit to Warsaw (Poland). On 12th and 13th of July, the group will meet representatives of public administration, busisenss associations and non-governmental organizations working in anti-corruption and fostering transparency fields. The delegation will have opportunity [...]
VSPS Western Balkans Anti-corruption Forum first session has just started in Belgrade. Organized by the Visegrad School of Political Studies, a joint project of the EAD and the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, the session gathers participants and experts from all over the Western Balkans and Visegrad, who discuss ways [...]
The 2016 edition of the Visegrad School of Political Studies Meets Russia is titled “Empowering Civil Society” and aims at supporting civil society, combating stereotypes and strengthening ties between young social and political leaders from Europe and Russia. Thanks to generous support from the Council of Europe and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, the program is a full [...]
On 13 - 17 June 2016 the Visegrad School and the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (Serbia) will host the first session of the Western Balkans Anti-corruption Forum program. Project focuses on sharing the V4 countries’ experiences in combating corruption among the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). Program objectives [...]
VSPS has concluded two sessions of our new program VSPS Meets Russia, addressed to 40 promising journalists, bloggers, activists and analysts from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Slovakia. Thanks to generous support of the Council of Europe and theDepartment of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish MFA, we had the pleasure to host [...]