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Populism at the European Parliament elections: how should the centre-right respond?

We are delighted to invite you to a discussion of the potential impact of populism on the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

Date: November 4th
Time: 18.00-19.30
Venue: European Parliament (Room JAN 6Q1)

The event will be jointly hosted by Counterpoint, the Open Society European Policy Institute and the Centre for European Studies, with the support of Manfred Weber MEP. It will be followed by a reception.

Populist parties are predicted to win seats across the board at the next European Parliament elections. This event will take on the big challenge for the centre-right – what should it do to respond to rising support for populism?

This event builds on the launch in June 2013 of a new Counterpoint report “Conflicted Politicians”. The report reveals how MEPs from populist parties draft fewer reports than other politicians but deliver more speeches in plenary sittings.

The speakers will reflect on the report’s findings and debate what this will mean for the centre-right in the run-up to and aftermath of the 2014 European Parliament elections.

The speakers include:

Roberta Metsola, Member of the European Parliament

Doru Frantescu, Policy Director and Co-founder, VoteWatch

Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director, Head of Research, Centre for European Studies

Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute (chair)

Marley Morris, Researcher, Counterpoint


If you are coming from outside the European Parliament please include in your email the following information:

. Name and Surname
. Date of birth
. Nationality
. Passport or national identity card number (please indicate which)


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