European Angst

Debate on Populism, Extremism and Euroscepticism in Contemporary European Societies

At BOZAR, rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
On 6 and 7 December 2016

Resentment, anger and anxiety are haunting Europe, seeding populism, extremism and Euroscepticism. The more momentum populist parties and movements gain, the more clueless the established political, cultural and legislative institutions seem to be. Why is this happening now? And how are we dealing with this?

The conference European Angst will shed light on these topics in a unique way. It will leave the comfort zone of liberal consensus by inviting controversial thinkers, creating thus a space for reflection and in-depth analysis.

Confirmed speakers – amongst others:

  • German-Romanian author and Nobel Prize in Literature Herta Müller (The Hunger Angel, 2009)
  • French sociologist, philosopher and author Didier Eribon (Retours à Reims, 2009)
  • Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek (Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism, 2015)
  • Turkish author and columnist Elif Shafak (The Bastard of Istanbul, 2006)


  • On 6 December from 4pm to 8pm
  • On 7 December from 9am to 6pm

Programme: « European Angst »
Language: Debate in English
Price: free

European Angst is an initiative by Goethe-Institut together with the Alliance française Bruxelles-Europe, the Italian Institute, the Polish Institute, the Czech Centre and BOZAR, with the support of European Movement International. 

Picture: Design Sandra Kastl

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