31/10/2017 - Public Debate in Strasbourg

In the sidelines of the World Forum for Democracy 2017, the Association of Schools of Political Studies is organising a public debate in Strasbourg City Centre (ERAGE) entitled "Populism: a force for good or ill?"

Populist Fist resized The recent elections in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic have shown that the anti-European populist tide is not receding. On the contrary, populist parties have cemented their place in the European political spectrum by stressing simplistic versions of reality and the myth of giving power back to the people. Can populism ever have an invigorating effect on democracy? Or is it a force working against the people, destined to undermine the European project and distort the democratic functioning of modern states?


  • Catherine Lalumière (France) – President of the Association of Schools of Political Studies and former Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • Ana Gomes (Portugal) – Member of the European Parliament
  • Krzysztof Bobinski (Poland) – President of the Unia & Polska Foundation
  • Emil Pain (Russia) – Professor of Economics, National Research University in Moscow
  • Quentin Peel (United Kingdom) – Associate fellow of the Europe Programme at Chatham House