The Threat of Ultra-Nationalism in Ukraine and Europe

Liberal, democratic values are under attack from right-wing parties and populist movements in Ukraine as in several European countries.

The situation in Ukraine bears the same marks as many young democracies; supporters of liberal values clash with those who glorify the country’s history and nationalist myth-building. Ultra-nationalist attacks on LGBT and women’s activists, and support for illiberal and anti-democratic sentiments is a growing concern.

The illiberal democracy of Victor Orbán in Hungary and undemocratic developments in neighboring Poland may also have a negative influence on the situation in Ukraine. The ongoing conflict with Russia further strengthens ultra-nationalist sentiments.

This leads us to ask the following:

-Will the liberal values that were in the focus of the 2014 Euromaidan revolution, survive in the context of nationalism and conflict with Russia?

-How can developments in Ukraine be understood in the context of the nationalistic and protectionist discourse in Europe and globally?

 

Panel:

Norwegian journalist and writer Simen Ekern

Human rights defender Oleksandra Matvijtsjuk

feminist and LGBTIQ activist Olena Shevchenko

in a conversation led by author Aage Borchgrevink

 

Other events we particitpate in and co-host:

HUMAN 2019 / Hungary 2018+2019: Faking Democracy?

HUMAN 2019 / Festival opening: The Panama Papers

HUMAN 2019 / Award Ceremony 

In cooperation with HUMAN Film Festival

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