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10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Schumannstraße, 8
Berlin, 10117 Germany

Join the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin for their post-European elections conference and networking event to map the future direction of the European Union.

Event Background

The European election will be a litmus test for the European democratic project and further reveal and demonstrate what has been a trend in many European countries in recent years – the increasing success of right-wing populist and extremist forces. In regions where they are gaining more and more ground, they have already managed to influence the political discourse to a large degree and thus changed the direction and
impetus of the European election campaigns.

About the Event

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is therefore committed to bringing its European partners and European actors fighting against right-wing populism in Europe together to provide a platform for networking and the exchange of ideas, best practices and lessons learned.

At the conference “After Europe goes to the polls: Where is the European Union headed?”, the election results will be analysed, to examine the causes of voting behaviour in the individual EU member states, and discuss with European experts how the new majorities will impact the European Parliament’s ability to act, the interaction between the EU institutions, and the orientation of future EU policy.

The networking event – as part of the Conference – aims to connect and support progressive forces that promote liberal democracy within the EU.

Held with the cooperation of the Green European Foundation.


Monday, June 3rd, 2019

10.45: Registration
11.00: Welcome
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Welcome address and introduction
Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin

What challenges await the European Union after the European elections?
Ivan Krastev, Chair of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Sofia/Vienna

Discussion with:
Anne Gellinek*, Chief of the ZDF Television Office Brussels, Second German Television,

15.00: Break
15.30: Panel – Analysis of the election results

· Motives and background: What are the key election results?
· What kind of EU have the voters elected?
· What were the motives behind electing parties sceptical about the EU and
· Do the election results vary by certain regions or groups of countries?
· What impact will the election results have on the EU policy of individual member
Piotr Buras, Head of the Warsaw Office, European Council on Foreign Relations, Warsaw
Prof. Dr. Sylvie Strudel, Professor of Political Science, Université de Paris 2, Paris
Prof. Dr. Uwe Jun, Professor of Political Science, Trier University, Trier
Prof. Dr. Lina Papadopoulou, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Aristotle University Thessaloniki

17.00: Break
17.30: Panel – Where is the EU headed after Europe goes to the polls?

· What effect will the new majorities have on the European Parliament’s ability to act?
· New parliamentary groups – new alliances: How must the progressive forces now
position themselves?
· How much support does the European Union still have? How can it build further
trust? And how can it find a capacity to act?
· What consequences will the election results have for future EU policy?
· What common projects will now take priority?
Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP, Chair of the European Green Party, Brussels
Dr. Rui Tavares*, Politician and former MEP, The Greens/EFA, Young Policy Leader Fellow at European University Institute, Florence
Edit Zgut*, Analyst, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw/Budapest
Prof. Dr. Teresa Pullano, Assistant Professor of European Global Studies, University of

19.00: End
19.30: Dinner

*Speakers listed above have been invited, but have not necessarily confirmed their participation.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
09.30: Registration
10.00: Welcome address and introduction
Civil society and the future of Europe

  • Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky, Candidate for the European Parliament, The Greens/EFA and
    Head of the European Union/North America Department, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
  • Flavia Kleiner, Co-President, Operation Libero, Bern

10.30: Exchange
How European elections have affected and affect the political landscape for civil
society and civil action

  • Inputs from partner organizations from different countries


12.30: Lunch
13.30: Exchange
Capacity to act for civil society in times of shrinking spaces

  • Inputs from partner organizations from different countries


15.00: Break
15.30: What comes next?
16.00: End


Entry is free, but registration is required. Please register with the form found on the  Heinrich Böll Foundation website here. 

Transport connection
Bus 147 Deutsches Theater
S-Bahn S1, 2, 25, 5, 7, 75, 9 Friedrichstraße
U-Bahn U6, Oranienburger Tor
Tram M1, M6, 12 Oranienburger Tor
from central station (DB), Bus 147 > Ostbahnhof bis Deutsches Theater

Conference languages
The international conference will be translated simultaneously German/English.
The network meeting will take place in English only.


Schumannstraße, 8
Berlin, 10117 Germany

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