Covid 19 and its Political Consequences in Europe: Unity, Polarisations and New Political Phenomena

Kursnummer: 114920on

European Contexts:
Covid 19 and its Political Consequences in Europe: Unity, Polarisations and New Political Phenomena


Protests in Germany and Bulgaria during the pandemic: new or old demands?
12 October 2020, 9:00–11:00

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Where: Concordia Cloud

Registration is mandatory. Registered participants will receive the link before the event.

Registration deadline: Saturday, 10 October 2020


Antonie Rietzschel, Leipzig-based journalist specialised in the far right, writing for the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Evgenii Dainov, professor of political science at the New Bulgarian University, political commentator, author, and rock musician.

Past events of the Series:

European trends: two views
28 September 2020, 9:00–11:00

Judy Dempsey, Berlin-based non-resident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. Former journalist and international correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Irish Times, etc. Europe’s Futures Fellow.

Jiří Schneider, Prague-based international consultant, former Czech ambassador and deputy foreign minister, MP, and think tank analyst. Former director of The Aspen Institute Central Europe.

Italy and Poland: Covid 19 impact on political trends, old and new divisions
5 October 2020, 9:00–11:00

Francesca de Benedetti, Rome-based journalist, Domani/La Repubblica.

Piotr Buras, head of the Warsaw office and senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, political analyst, and journalist. Former Europe’s Futures Fellow.


Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures

Mirjana Tomić, Presseclub Concordia, fjum


At the beginning of 2020, Italy’s Matteo Salvini was planning his return to power, while Germany’s AfD was scoring political successes. Currently, the European populist right seems less vociferous.  Is it only an impression?

The arrival of Covid 19 obliged European governments to adopt a variety of country-specific measures designed to halt the spread of the pandemic. The consequences of these adopted measures have affected political landscapes. Which are the major trends? Is it possible to foresee some political consequences of the pandemic?

The three-part seminar examines Europe-wide trends and focuses on specific countries.

Target Groups

Vienna-based journalists, as well as journalists from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. International journalists are welcome.

Number of participants: Maximum 50


Short presentations and interactive discussion.

Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager,, or call 0676 365 26 93

European Contexts

Upon requests by the Austrian and Central European media representatives to create an informal regional platform/network of journalists who could cooperate on common projects or simply consult each other on the latest developments in their respective countries, four organisations decided to support this initiative, aimed at strengthening quality journalism. The initiative consists of seminars that address themes of common interest and enable journalists to meet and discuss.

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Francesca de Benedetti, Piotr Buras, Evgenii Dainov, Jiří Schneider, Judy Dempsey, Antonie Rietzschel
Online (Zoom)