Fighting Populism in Antwerp and Beyond

Populism - Dr. Case
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Populism has become a wide spread phenomenon throughout the world. The danger of their backward-looking nostalgia for an idealized past, half-truths and fake news stories pose a threat for free and open societies.

How can and should democracies respond? How can liberal messages be communicated better? In what way can we bring big ideas and visions to the citizens? What solutions tackling populism have already worked on the local level?

Antwerp, amongst the most diverse cities in Europe, with a similarly diverse political landscape, will be the point of departure for the event’s discussions.

What can Europe learn from this city? And vice versa: what can Antwerp learn from others on how to tackle populism?

Join our event, designed to all those who want to bring liberal ideas forward, as we explore different solutions, hands-on approaches and exchange different practices with our distinguished speakers.


A joint event of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and OpenVld


Saturday, 27 Januar 2018

Event: 13:45h – 22:30h

Venue: Katoen Natie, Van Aerdtstraat 33, 2060 Antwerpen


Kindly register for this event by 25 January 2018 at *



13:45h – 14:15h      Registration & Welcome Coffee

14:15h – 14:30h      Welcome by Philippe De Backer

14:30h – 15:00h      ‘Fighting populism by creating an inclusive city’ by Bart Somers  

15:00h – 16:30h      Workshop Round 1

16:30h – 16:45h      Coffee Break  

16:45h – 18:15h      Workshop Round 2

18:15h – 18:45h      Conclusions with Annemie Turtelboom  

From 18:45h           Reception




Workshop Options (Participants may choose 2 of 3):

A. Fighting Populism on Social Media: How should liberals tackle the fight?

Workshop led by: Marco Ricorda, Social Media Manager (ALDE Group)


B. Fighting Populism in a Political Debate: Case Study and a hands-on approach from Switzerland

Workshop led by: Stefan Schlegel (Operation Libero)


C. Fighting Populism on the Local Level: Case Study Antwerp & best-practice exchange

Workshop led by: Philippe de Backer (OpenVld)



*Please note that upon registration you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly please send an email to Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.