Community of Practice

Populism is a global phenomenon, a common problem for many actors who are professionally confronted with it, be it as politicians, journalists, people working in education and civil society institutions, etc. So let’s also tackle it together and learn from each other and with each other.

All forms of participation are free of charge and underlie high data protection standards. For this reason, registration is required for participation.

As Community member you can join a unique learning experience with our MOOC. Join now!

Why should you join the We-Europeans Community of Practice

  • to get information about the topic as well as about good practice examples in countering populism
  • to participate in a MOOC on countering populism and exchange with peers.
  • to participate in face-to-face and online events
  • to contribute with blog articles


Building democratic values at schools

The last event inside the We-Europeans project aimed to provide insights, strategies and tools for fostering democratic values and citizenship in educational settings, addressing challenges, and promoting collaboration among various stakeholders in the educational system.

Dr. Britta Breser, Professor for Democracy Education at the University of Vienna, spoke about “European democracy” under construction and gave erspectives on democracy education. Nikolai Weber, staff member of Polis – the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools, informed about democracy at school and showed practical guidelines and a toolbox for a whole school approach in citizenship education.

In a panel discussion with Lucinda Cunha, teacher and writer from Portugal, Mario Leone, Director of Altiero Spinelli Institute of Federalist Studies as well as Stella Timotheou, primary teacher and researcher from Cyprus, exchanged about strategies can be used to foster critical thinking skills, fostering democratic values in classroom and shared examples of successful strategies for proactively addressing potential conflicts with learners and parents over “difficult” topics.

The full recording of the event can be seen after logging in into the community of practice.

Populism, transparency and integrity

In an era marked by growing global populism, the event on 4 October 2023 seeked to shed light on the intersection of the crucial themes of populism, transparency and integrity. It aimed to explore the challenges and opportunities that arise when addressing populism while promoting transparency and integrity in both governance and society at large.

Among the speakers were Flora Cresswell, Regional Coordinator of Western Europe from Transparency International, Elke Merks-Schaapveld, the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Cyprus, Mario Leone, Director of the Altiero Spinelli Institute of Federalist Studies and a member of the Federalist European Movement, as well as Kyriakos Pieridis from the Association of European Journalists. I a panel about European citizenship and EU values of transparency, integrity, solidarity and democracy there participated Dr. Odysseas Michaelides, Auditor General of the Republic of Cyprus at Cyprus Supreme Audit Institution, Dr. Theano Kalavana, Chairperson at OPEK Forum for a Citizens Union as well as the Youth Ambassador Panos Ntoas.

The recording and the presentations will be soon online in the Community of Practice.

Media in an age of populism and popularisation

4 May 2023, one day after the World Press Freedom Day, our second online event took place. Moderated by Constantin Schreiber, anchor of the German News Show Tagesschau, and Magdalena Scharf from Deutsche Toleranzstiftung, our speakers discussed about freedom of press and fake news.

If you were not able to attend, you can watch the speaker contributions in the YouTube Playlist.

The video of the entire event and the presentations of Prof. Dr. Christian Pieter Hoffmann, Uschi Jonas and Serena Iordache can be seen and downloaded after logging in to the Community of Practice.

Back to the future – Countering current populism with lessons learnt from the past – documentation of the first event is online

We thank all speakers and participants of the online event on 9 November.
If you were not able to attend, or would like to watch some of the experts’ statements again, you can see the complete video recording in the “Our events” section, contributions from the individual speakers and a
summary can be found in the YouTube playlist.

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