Reversing state capture

Editors discuss political strategies in Kraków

How can a captured state be democratized? Who invented postmodern corruption? What does political humour have to do with political analysis? A Polish, a Romanian, a Slovenian and a Hungarian editor walk into a cooperative bar in Kraków to talk professional responsibility and personal survival tactics.

Illiberalism has gradually become a staple in European political discourse. It shapes policy and debates on immigration, multiculturalism and human rights. These issues are now charged with controversy, which makes it difficult for the free press to navigate them. 

Eurozine’s Polish partner New Eastern Europe and the Heinrich Böll Foundation host a hybrid discussion on the intricate interplay between illiberalism and the fate of democracy. 

Adam Reichardt, editor and chief of New Eastern Europe and Agata Gontarczyk from the Heinrich Böll Foundation are hosting the evening.

The discussion will be moderated by Elodie Thevenin, political science researcher specialized in parliamentary debates on migration, based at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.  


Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič is a historian, essayist and translator. He is an editor at Eurozine partner journal Razpotja and a member of Eurozine’s editorial board.

Réka Kinga Papp is the editor-in-chief of Eurozine, Host of Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast. She’s a Hungarian journalist and media researcher.

Eugen Stancu is a Romanian historian, editor of Eurozine’s partner journal LaPunkt and a visiting fellow with the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna.

Bartosz Panek is a radio feature documentary maker and writes for New Eastern Europe. Author of the book ‘Polish Tatars’ (2020)

Friday, 16 June 2023, 18:00-19:30 (CET)
Location: Spółdzielnia Ogniwo, Smolki 11a, 30-513 Kraków
Online: Streaming link will be posted on this page and here.

Published 15 June 2023
Original in English
First published by Eurozine

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