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Coping with Coronavirus Series

Populism and Nationalism in the Time of Coronavirus

Online Event


Date:   29 April 2020

Time:   1100h - 1230h CET

Online:  Zoom Platform

Online Streaming Available here

Online, expert discussion co-organised by


EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy & Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC)


The Coronavirus pandemic has reinforced nationalist sentiments and reignited debates in Europe, the United States and beyond about potential de-globalisation. However, the voices calling for increased nationalism are challenged by proponents of enhanced multilateralism in public debates. Both camps utilise the COVID-19 crisis to validate their positions. While the latter advocates for  deepening international cooperation — sharing best practices and global solidarity in light of the pandemic — populist-nationalists deploy narratives linking COVID-19 to their core arguments that threats to the nation are exogenous and that foreigners, open borders and globalisation are to blame. As a result, COVID-19 has provided them with the opportunity to introduce strict measures, under the pretext of confronting an emergency situation, which actually consolidates more power, limits civil liberties and criminalises dissent. Given that many countries that are led by populist leaders who initially dismissed scientific expertise, underestimated preparations and are now struggling to contain COVID-19, it is important to ask whether the crisis will further empower or generate a domestic backlash against that form of governance?


The EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC)  invite you to our co-organised, online, expert webinar to discuss populism and nationalism in the time of Coronavirus. This event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 from 11:00 to 12:30 (CET).


Experts on this panel will answer some key, associated, questions including:


  • How are populists and nationalists exploiting the COVID-19 crisis?

  • What are some of the main narratives deployed?

  • What will be the consequences in the long-run?

  • With increased nationalism and populism, how to ensure the preservation of the liberal order?

Speakers List:

  • Nikola Burazer — Executive Editor, European Western Balkans, Belgrade

  • Christian Kvorning Lassen — Deputy Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague

  • Anna Lührmann — Deputy Director, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, Gothenburg

  • Velina Tchakarova — Head of Institute, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), Vienna

The discussion will be moderated by Nikola Zukalová — Analyst & Regional Outreach (CEE), Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC).

Previous Webinars:

  1. Coping with Coronavirus: Euro-Gulf Perspectives

  2. Terrorism in the Time of Coronavirus

  3. Disinformation in the Time of Coronavirus

  4. From Policy Makers to Experts: Foreign Policy Debates in a Pandemic

  5. The Middle East after Coronavirus

  6. Populism and Nationalism in the Time of Coronavirus

  7. A Persistent Challenge: ISIS in the Time of Coronavirus

  8. Pandenomics: The Economic Impact of Covid-19, 5 Years Forward

  9. The Diversity of Crises: Yemen in the Time of COVID-19

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