Migration is a major issue in EU politics and it has given Eurosceptics a foothold and allowed political extremism to erupt. This has caused some to question the EU project, a project that was started in order to remove ourselves from the totalitarian regimes of the past and bring us into a united future. The purpose of this conference will be to tackle these issues and inform citizens of the EU and its functions and importance. Education into this subject is vital if we want to continue as a united force on the world stage. We want to empower citizens to make informed decisions on the future of the EU.
Venue: European House, Jungmannova 24, Prague
Panel A: Euroscepticism
12:30 – 14:30
Euroscepticism is related to uncertainty in the direction or scope of the EU. It has been increasing as of late thanks to financial crisis that have been plaguing the continent (and world) for the last decade. It is growing more rapidly now thanks to the refugee crisis that is a result of the war and strife within the Middle East and North Africa. All of this is used as propaganda by long time eurosceptics in the attempt to push their agenda. It is difficult to tell someone that something is bad when it seems to be working well, and vice versa. Then threats from the UK to leave gives more fuel to the fire.
How to stop the increased euroscepticism? How will end the British EU referendum? What is the future of the European Union?
Irena Krasnická, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Pavel Telička, European Parliament, Czech Republic
Csaba Tóth, Republikon Foundation, Hungary
Benjamin Tallis, Institute for International Relations, UK
Václav Bacovský, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Czech Republic
Panel B: Political radicalism and populism
14:45 – 16:45
Political radicalism and populism at this time is building off of Euroscepticism in an attempt to capitalize on people’s fears and uncertainty. This can be seen with the growing popularity in more conservative, anti immigrant and more eurosceptic political organizations very often based on populist rhetoric. The perfect example of this is with all of the rage that happened after new years when there were all those attacks in Germany and other countries. The reality was that most of those that were at fault (and could be found) were not refugees. Care must be put in place in order to not start blaming a group for the actions of a few, rarely does this ever turn out well.
Is the Euroscepticism the new tool for political propaganda and populism? How to fight against politically successful radical ideas? Are V4 countries more radical than the rest of Europe? Is there any East-West Divide in Europe?
Robert Ormrod, Aarhus University, Denmark (Presentation for download)
Tamás Lattmann, Institute for International Relations, Hungary (Presentation for download)
Christian Kvorning Lassen, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Denmark
Roman Joch, Civic Institute, Czech Republic
Jan Macháček, Institute for the Politics and Society, Czech Republic
Petra Vejvodová, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic