The Belgian political scientist and post-Marxist is best known for her contribution to the development – jointly with Ernesto Laclau – of the Essex school of discourse analysis that focuses on redefining theories of identity and politics of the Left. Mouffe has undertaken extensive research on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe. She is currently teaching at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, where she directs the Centre for the Study of Democracy.
Dr Christina Schori Liang has been working in the field of security policy for the past 20 years. She began her career at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington D.C., and in 1996, moved to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. In 2007, she started teaching for the GCSP’s core training programmes on terrorism, organised crime, political extremism and homeland security issues. In 2012, she became the Co-Director of the New Issues in Security Course (NISC) and in 2013 she was appointed Director of the NISC.
Paula Diehl is a political scientist who works for Berlin’s Humboldt University. Her focus lies on political theory and sociology, as well as representation, populism and national socialism.
Daan Welling studies law at Leiden University and has a special interested in public international law and arbitration. He is also a Dutch and European debating champion with a keen interest in matters of public policy and is a debating and rhetoric coach for numerous schools and university teams in the Netherlands. His ideas and analysis can be found on his blog.
Dessislava Kirova was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Berlin. She is a major in English and American Studies and Italian Philology. In 2014 she won the World Universities Debating Championship in the category English as a Second Language.
For Belgian political scientist and post-Marxist Chantal Mouffe, right-wing populism is not a problem, as long as there is left-wing populism to counterbalance it. Populism bears democratic opportunities, she says.
Europe’s populists are dangerous. They dress up as democrats merely to hide their authoritarian faces.
We must be more creative about opening up space for meaningful participation. This is why we should remember what the Athenians once did.
Europe needs to restructure its economy or it will lose ground among international competition. The best way forward is to strengthen and harmonize the Union’s higher education systems.