Liberal democracy is facing a double challenge today. Firstly, from countries like Russia, China, Iran and Turkey who don’t conform to Western-styled democracy. The concept of autocratic modernity is consciously represented in them as they find themselves torn between autocratic and democratic models.
An anti-liberal movement is also spreading in Europe and the United States. The election of Donald Trump, United Kingdom’s upcoming departure from the European Union, as well as the growing strength of right-wing political forces, are all signs of that.
To delve deeper into this subject, Hromadske International has joined International Renaissance Foundation, Germany's honorary consul in Kharkiv and Zentrum Liberale Moderne think tank in organizing a high-profile discussion taking place on November 1 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. We will look at the impact of the rise of Europe’s illiberal forces on Ukraine and the EU, as well as discuss possible outcomes of Ukraine’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
Save the date and don’t forget to tune into our exclusive broadcasts of the event on Youtube and Facebook on November 1 at 12:15-2 p.m. Kyiv time.
Ralf Fücks, Managing Director, Center for Liberal Modernity in Berlin
Serhiy Zhadan, writer and poet
Yulia Marushevska, political activist
Zurab Alasania, Chairman of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine
Oleksandr Sushko, Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation
Nataliya Gumenyuk, Hromadske International