Will lockdown turn Europeans radical ?

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mai 2020
De 16:00 à 17:00

Even though we had to cancel most of our events due to the pandemic, we come back on Zoom on the 08th of May, from 4 pm to 5 pm (London time) for an online discussion with Professor Timothy Garton Ash about a study he conducted in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation :  ‘In Crisis, Europeans Support Radical Positions’, published today, the 6th of May. 

Here are some striking findings of this Europe-wide poll : 

  • 71 % of Europeans support the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI). 
  • 53 % of young Europeans place more confidence in authoritarian states than democracies to handle the climate crisis.
  • 58 % of Europeans would like EU countries to reduce their carbon emissions to no excess emissions by 2030

These findings are summarized and analysed in an article by Professor Timothy Garton in the Guardian. According to him, these radical opinions could lead to very different outcomes : will the coronavirus crisis pave the way to more equal societies, or to authoritarianism everywhere ? Do the findings of the survey match your personal experience of the crisis ? Will these radical opinions vanish into thin air once the lockdown will be lifted or will they remain for the foreseeable future ?


Timothy Garton Ash is the author of ten books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last half-century. He is Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and he writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


No debate experience or political background is necessary. We value the diversity of perspectives and opinions.

IMPORTANT : We’ll send the link to the Zoom meeting one hour before the debate.

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8 mai 2020
De 16:00 à 17:00