Shaping Europe’s politics

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GEOMETR.IT  National Endowment for Democracy


* From the unexpected return of nationalism and socialism to the rise of populism and eruption of “demographic panic”



In this thought-provoking thirty-minute interview, Journal of Democracy contributor and Editorial Board member Ivan Krastev discusses with the Open Society Foundations’ Leonard Benardo his widely praised new book After Europe (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017, 128 pp.).

This wide-ranging dialogue examines key social and political dynamics likely to shape Europe’s politics in the years to come.

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, and a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times. His latest books in English are After Europe (2017), Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest (2014), and In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (2013). He is coauthor, with Stephen Holmes, of a forthcoming book on Russian politics. 

Leonard Benardo is regional director for the Open Society Foundations’ Eurasia Program and director of the Open Society Fellowship. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books,the International Herald Tribune, and Bookforum. He is also the coauthor of Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names (2006), and Citizen-in-Chief: The Second Lives of the American Presidents (2009).


The publication is not an editorial. It reflects solely the point of view and argumentation of the author. The publication is presented in the presentation. Start in the previous issue. The original is available at: National Endowment for Democracy




  1. “The resistance of liberals to conceding any negative effects of migration has triggered the anti-establishment (and particularly anti-mainstream media) reaction that is convulsing political life,” he wrote in his recent book, “After Europe.”

  2. Why is this happening, and why is it happening now? Is it the product of exceptional events, such as the financial crisis of 2007–2008 or the mass migrations from the Middle East to Europe that reached their peak in 2015?

  3. While it is popular for Europeans to compare the current global protest wave with the revolutions of 1848, today’s protests are the negation of the political agenda of 1848.

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