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We would like to invite you to take part in the Conference “Populism and Anti-European Agitation”.


From February 23rd till February 27th, AEGEE / European Students’ Forum will be organizing the European Planning Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. The Conference part of the event will take place on Friday and Saturday (February 24-25) and is open to public (register here). The remaining part of the event is dedicated to the drafting of AEGEE’s plans and objectives for the upcoming year.


Conference part has a title “Populism and Anti-European Agitation” and is aiming at addressing questions such as: What is populism? What does the alleged ‘rise of populism’ entail, what are its root causes, and what impact does it have on European societies and democracies? Are populism and anti-European agitation connected to each other? What caused the sudden and swift change in European politics? What is the role of the media in the ‘rise of populism’? How should we respond to the ‘rise of populism’?


On Friday we invite you to listen to academic introduction to the topic given by Claudia Chwalisz who is the author of The Populist Signal. And afterwards to the panel discussion – Populism in Europe moderated by same Claudia Chwalisz. The speaker of the panel are:

  • Marko Grdosic – Chair of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe
  • Marie-Hélène Caillol – President of LEAP/E2020
  • Gordan Bosanac – Centre for Peace Studies
  • Ivan Burazin – Secretary General of European Democrat Students.


We will close the date with British Parliamentary Debate which is the final of the AEGEE Debating Competition organised by the Civic Education Working Group. The winners will receive the InterRail tickets.


Both of Friday and Saturday the conference will offer numerous parallel workshops which will tackle the topic of the conference from different angle such as media, integration process, referenda, environment, networks of cities and political anticipation.


On both part of the event we are expecting 250 AEGEE members, the spots for the conference which is open to non-AEGEE members audience are limited so please do not forget to register!


If you are not able to join us in Zagreb there will be also a way to participate via live stream, Twitter and flash-pools. Follow the fanpage of the event or AEGEE to stay updated.


You can see the full program of the event here and please register here.


See you in Zagreb!


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