Safeguarding liberal democracy: What role for Europe?
Association Parlementaire Européenne (APE) November 27, 2019
Liberal democracies are under pressure, both worldwide and in Europe. Populist and national extremism, disinformation, discrimination and undermining of the rule of law are on the rise and pose a serious threat to freedom and democracy in our continent. Questions to be addressed include: Is there something that European institutions can do to effectively counter threats to European values? How to intervene when the rule of law is being actively and systematically undermined by democratically elected parliaments and governments? How can the European Parliament and the Council of Europe cooperate in this field? What is the future of liberal democracy?Thierry Chopin, Professor of Political Science at the Catholic University of Lille and special adviser at the Jacques Delors Institute, has been invited by the Association Parlementaire Européenneto answer these questions, along with:
Danuta Hübner, MEP and former European Commissioner
Bernard Guetta, MEP and former journalist
Roberta Metsola, MEP, EPP coordinator in the LIBE committee
Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research at Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Claudia Luciani, Director of human dignity, equality and governance at the Council of Europe.
The debate will be moderated by Daniel Köster, spokesman for economy and environment with the EPP group. The discussion will be held under Chatham House Rule.