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?
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
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