There is no doubt that democracies today are facing a plethora of challenges related to the complex dynamics in which our political systems are rooted. This is also true for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), a region that underwent a recent transformation and was seen as a potential “exporter” of democratic “know-how”. What is taking place in CEE these days when it comes to the state of democracy and what follows from that for us, who care about its future?
We invite you to join us for a discussion with two journalists -- Tomislav Kezarovski (Macedonia), currently with the Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People and Michał Kokot, Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland) – sharp observers of the underlying dynamics and active contributors to the democratic debate in their own societies and beyond. Louisa Slavkova from Sofia Platform (Bulgaria) will moderate the conversation with a Q&A. The event takes place in English without interpretation.
Tomislav Kezarovski is a journalist from Macedonia. The long and successful carrier he built working in several Macedonian newspapers was interrupted in 2013, when he was prosecuted for an article he had written five years earlier and sentenced to 4 years in prison in vague circumstances. He succeeded in getting justice after spending one year in detention is currently a visiting fellow at the Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People.
Michał Kokot is journalist, editor at the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza since 2004 and its foreign affairs editor since 2013. Michał writes extensively about East- and South-East Europe and is a regular contributor to the German ZEIT ONLINE.
This public event is a cooperation between the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Sofia Platform and iac Berlin.