Join us for a deep dive in the stormy politics of Central Europe. We are focusing on three key cases: Poland, Hungary, and Slovenia. Elections in these nations have heightened polarization and decisively influenced their political trajectories.
In Poland, the campaign for the upcoming fall elections is reaching a fever pitch, catalysing grassroots movements across the political spectrum. Our guest, Ewa Kulik-Bielińska, director of the Stefan Batory Foundation, has been a defender of democracy from communist times to today. Her foundation, a staunch supporter of Polish democracy, is often in the crosshairs of conservative forces.
We will also turn to Slovenia, where the 2022 elections marked a significant turning point, giving rise to a democratic resurgence in the face of creeping authoritarianism. Hear from Nika Kovac of the 8th of March Foundation, who was central to this movement. She'll share how her group tirelessly campaigned to safeguard Slovenia's democracy during the pandemic.
In Hungary, despite a united opposition during the 2022 elections, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has consolidated power. Veronika Mora, a key figure in this coalition against the regime, will shed light on the achievements made despite the election outcome.
Bringing the Norwegian perspective, we have Jette Christensen, an expert on the vulnerability of democracy and former MP. She'll share insights on what Norway can do to bolster democracy, both at home and abroad.
Come listen to the stories shaping the future of European democracy.