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Kursnummer: 112423

Far-right Rhetoric and Policies are advancing in Europe: Is there a red Line that cannot be crossed?

Politik und Medien Jetzt Buchen

European Contexts Seminar Series

When: Friday, 22 September 2023, 9:00-12:30CEST
Presseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna AND via Zoom

Mandatory Registration by Thursday 21 September 2023, noon.

There are two ways to follow this seminar:

  1. Presseclub Concordia attendance - Registration!
  2. Zoom participation - Registration!


9:00-9:10 Greetings

Daniela Kraus, General Secretary, Presseclub Concordia; Ivan Vejvoda, Head of Europe's Futures - Ideas for Action, IWM; Mirjana Tomić fjum/Presseclub Concordia


Panel Conversation followed by Q&A

Far-right rhetoric and policies: what is the red line in Slovakia, Germany, Finland, and Austria?

Slovakia: Iveta Radičová, sociologist, Dean of Media Faculty, Paneuropean University in Bratislava. Slovakia’s Prime Minister (2010-2012); Minister of Defence (2011-2012), Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, and Family (2005-2006).

Germany: Ann-Katrin Müller, journalist, AfD expert, Der Spiegel,

Finland: Tuija Saresma, gender expert, University of Jyväskylä

Austria: Bernhard Weidinger, senior researcher at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) in Vienna. Academic advisor to to the Austrian Journal for Historical Studies and to, and Austria's federal program for teaching and learning about National Socialism and the Holocaust.

Moderator: Mirjana Tomić, fjum/Presseclub Concordia

10:30- 11:00 Coffee, networking and informal discussion on how to counter the far-right advance.

11:00-12:00 Panel Conversation followed by Q&A

Far-right rhetoric and policies: What is the red line in Spain, Poland, Italy, and France?

Spain: Ramón González Ferriz, columnist, El Confidencial, book author

Poland: Karolina Zbytniewska, journalist, editor-in-chief, EURACTIV Poland.

Italy/France: Alberto Alemanno, lawyer, professor, HEC Paris, advocate, author. Europe's Futures Fellow.

Moderator: Ivan Vejvoda, Head of Europe's Futures - Ideas for Action, IWM


Closing remarks and ideas how to stop the advance of the far-right.


Far-right parties have been advancing in Europe and some of their discourses and policies have become mainstream. These parties may increase their influence after the upcoming 2023 elections in Slovakia and Poland, as well as after the 2024 European elections. Although their similarities are often evoked, their local policies may be quite different. Yet, as time passes by, both rhetoric and policies are becoming more extreme.

Is there a red line that cannot crossed? Does the red line differ from country to country?

Target Groups

Austrian and international journalists, thinktank analysts, and academics.

Number of participants in Presseclub Concordia

Maximum: 50

Number of participants in Zoom

Maximum: 70

Additional Information

Mirjana Tomic
Cell: +43 676 365 26 9

Ramon Gonzalez

Ramón González Férriz

Journalist, book author

Ramón González Férriz (Barcelona, 1977) is a Spanish journalist and a book author. He works as a columnist at El Confidencial, Spain’s leading digital newspaper.

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Ann-Katrin Müller

Political editor, Der Spiegel

Ann-Katrin Müller (1987, North Rhine-Westphalia) studied Political Science and European Studies in Bonn and London at King’s College. She was a trainee at the ARD political talk show Hart aber Fair and has been political editor at DER SPIEGEL since August 2013. Her main topics are the far-right party AfD and disinformation. Müller is a frequent guest in TV debates.

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A Lberto Alemanno

Alberto Alemanno

Lawyer, professor, book author, advocate

Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor in European Union Law and one of the leading voices on the democratization of the European Union.

His research centres on how the law may be used to improve people’s lives, through the adoption of power-shifting reforms countering social, economic, and political inequalities within European societies and beyond. He has written extensively on risk regulation, public health, consumer rights, food policy as democratic innovation, participatory and deliberative democracy.

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Tuija Saresma

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

PhD Tuija Saresma is senior lecturer at the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She holds Titles of Docent in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the universities of Jyväskylä, Helsinki, and Eastern Finland. She has published widely on hate speech and online hate and harassment. Her recent publications include peer-reviewed articles and academic book chapters on hate speech, affective communities on the internet, right-wing populism, gendered violence online, as well as two reports on hate speech by the Finnish Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities. Saresma takes actively part in societal discussion, gives talks and writes popular texts for broad audiences, including several invited blog posts for NGOs and organizations. Saresma is a former chairperson and currently a board member of the Association for Gender Studies in Finland and the Association for Cultural Studies in Finland, and the treasurer of the international Association of Cultural Studies (ACS). Saresma was granted the Academic of the Year 2022 Prize by the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers.

Photographer: Petteri Kivimäki

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Iveta Radičová

Iveta Radičová is a professor of sociology at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts and Dean of Media Faculty at the Paneuropean University in Bratislava. Prior to the positions as Slovakia’s Prime Minister (2010-2012) and Minister of Defence (2011-2012), she was a member of the Slovak National Parliament and served as Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, and Family (2005-2006).

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Karolina Zbytniewska

Karolina Zbytniewska

Journalist, Chief Editor at EURACTIV Poland

Karolina Zbytniewska, journalist, Chief Editor at EURACTIV Poland, a major Polish expert media focusing on European and global affairs. Political scientist specialized in democracy and populism, lecturing at Warsaw University. Alumna of Fulbright, Marie Curie Research Fellowship, and Bertelsmann Leaders for Europe programme. Currently a Re:constitution fellow. Regular public speaker and political commentator on Polish and international TV & radio stations.

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Bernhard Weidinger

Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)

Bernhard Weidinger is a senior researcher at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) in Vienna, and serves on the academic advisory boards to the Austrian Journal for Historical Studies and to, Austria's federal program for teaching and learning about National Socialism and the Holocaust.

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