Folkemødet: The hope and fear paradox

Panel discussion at the Folkemødet with Susanne Baumann, Lykke Friis, Stina Soewarta and Catharina Sørensen


Stina Soewarta, Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in Denmark

Susanne Baumann, Project Director Unlock Europe's Majority, European Council on Foreign Relations

Catharina Sørensen, Head of Research, Tænketanken Europa

Chaired by

Lykke Friis, German correspondent, Berlingske Tidende

Folkemødet: The hope and fear paradox

Saturday, June 15, 10:30 – 11:15 
Cirkuspladsen, Folkemødet
Allinge, Bornholm 3770 Denmark


Levels of support for membership of the European Union have reached record levels– especially so in Denmark, where 76 % of the population see Denmark’s membership of the EU as a good thing. Nevertheless, the support is mixed with fear. In a recent study of emotions of European citizens, a majority of respondents stated that it was possible that the European project could collapse within the next 10 to 20 years. For 28% of respondents, a war between EU members states was a realistic possibility.

The report ‘What Europeans really feel’ by the European Council of Foreign Relations presents an emotional map of Europe, with division between those that feel optimistic, appreciated and safe, and those that feel stressed or afraid. A strong panel of EU experts discuss the implications of the different emotional landscapes in Europe, the realities for citizens they represent, and the role of the EU to protect “Peace, justice and strong institutions” (Global goal 16).

For more information about the programme, visit the Folkemødet website: 


An event organised by the European Commission and The Danish Foreign Policy Society