Ursula Bazant is head of department at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education and Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum. She jointly organised the first Countering Populism roundtable (2015), and chaired the second Countering Populism roundtable (2016).
Against the grave background of the populist surge and rising disenchantment with democratic politics, Das Progressive Zentrum launched the project Countering Populism and Political Disaffection. The second roundtable took place on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
The Polish and French elections at the end of 2015 were especially topical and worrying reminders of the current rise of right-wing populist parties all over Europe. To debate this urgent European problem, Das Progressive Zentrum, with support of the German Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, organised an international roundtable, which took place on December 16, 2015 in Berlin.