Who will kidnap Europe? Fears and hopes ahead of the European Parliament election


Ivan Krastev – chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, co-founder of ECFR
Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz – director of ideaForum at the Stefan Batory Foundation
Sławomir Sierakowski – commentator, political scientist, co-founder of Krytyka Polityczna

Chaired by

Piotr Buras – head of ECFR Warsaw.

ECFR Warsaw Office kindly invites to a public debate

Who will kidnap Europe?

Fears and hopes ahead of the European Parliament election

Friday, 12 April 2019, 13:15-14:45, Baszkiewicz Room, Auditorium Building, Main Campus of the University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warsaw

The stakes are high for the upcoming European Parliament election, which will take place in the middle of a stormy debate about the future of Europe. It is possible for Eurosceptical parties to take enough seats to be able to slow down and block European Union activities. How mainstream parties answer this challenge and formulate a vision of Europe that helps mobilise voters is therefore crucial.

What can we expect in this election? What are the myths of the electoral campaign? How voters see Europe, what do they think is the main problem, where do they spot threats and what hopes do they have? What has to be done to mobilise pro-European voters?

In order to answer these questions, we will use recent ECFR analysis based on opinion polls that shine light on voter expectations in EU member-states ahead of the election. We encourage you to read a summary of the results (in Polish) and a recent article by one of our panellists, Ivan Krastev: Why Viktor Orbán and his allies won’t win the EU elections.

Media sponsor: “Gazeta Wyborcza”

The debate will be held in English and Polish and will be translated simultaneously.

Free entry. We kindly ask you to register.