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Networking conference „Right-wing Populism in Europe“

Datum: 06. Dezember 2018 - 07. Dezember 2018

In recent years churches and diaconia in Europe have been important actors and partners in civil society, politics and educational institutions to fight right-wing extremism, discrimination and hate. The extent of involvement varies, but in times of growing populist tendencies, this common cause and engagement is more important than ever. There is also an increased desire to form alliances, exchange of ideas and come together to fight hate in all its forms.

The phenomenon of right-wing populism poses a relatively new challenge to European politics and societies, as populists are not only in the margins of our societal and political structures any more. Populism is increasingly mainstreamed and many European countries have seen the rise of populism in society and in government. Populist parties and movements are aiming to influence the European agenda in a negative way and in extreme cases can sabotage and paralyse well-established democratic structures and decision-making processes.

Situations vary from country to country, and so do the counter strategies and approaches. Networking, joint strategy planning and the exchange of knowledge and plans of action are vital to strengthen positive democratic powers in the whole of Europe.

This conference wants to bring together high-profile stakeholders from the churches and diaconia in Europe, from civil society and politics to join in a mutual effort to keep human dignity, civil rights and democratic values at the heart of our societies. It wants to provide a space for exchange, for debating which strategy is working and which one is not. We will discuss recent developments under the hypothesis that the different things happening might not be so different after all – that there are at least some common roots and similar causes.

Conference venue:
House of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD)
Rue Joseph II 166
B-1000 Brussels

There is no participation fee for this event.

Registration:
Please register at: https://bagkr.de/applicationeurope/

Contact and Information:
Henning Flad
National Working Group on Church and Rightwing Extremism (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Kirche & Rechtsextremismus)
c/o Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e. V.
Auguststraße 80
10117 Berlin
+49 3028395178
post(at)bagkr.de

Die Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen der Strukturentwicklung zum bundeszentralen Träger statt und wird unter anderem aus Mitteln des Bundesprogramms „Demokratie leben!“ gefördert.