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"Populism and renationalisation – a test for Europe and its democracies"?

COMECE/KSZ reflection event in Mönchengladbach/Germany

14-15 June 2018


Together with the Catholic Centre for Social Science (KSZ), COMECE co-sponsors a 2-day reflection event “Populism and renationalisation – a test for Europe and its democracies” that will take place in Mönchengladbach, Germany, on 14-15 June 2018.



Europe faces challenges that have led to a polarisation of views, undermining cohesion within the EU and shaking our confidence in the resilience of out democracies. This year’s seminar follows (Re)thinking Europe, the Dialogue organised on October 2017 by COMECE and the Secretariat of State of the Holy See with a view to discuss how dialogue can be fostered in Europe.


In that occasion, Pope Francis encouraged Christians “to promote political dialogue” in order to tackle the worrying trend towards a polarized society in which politics functions as “a forum of clashes between opposing forces”.


Since 2011 COMECE and KSZ have been active in organising socio-ethical talks on European policies. This year it will focus on how to engage dialogue. Speaks will include Czech sociologist prof. Tomáš Halík, H.E. Franz-Josef Overbeck, COMECE Vice President, and Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament.


Download the programme here and register via the website of KSZ by 7 June 2018. The event in Mönchengladbach will be hold in German.




When and Where:

Thursday 14 June 2018 (16.00) – Friday 15 June 2018 (14.00)

Rathaus Abtei Am „Alten Markt“, Abteistraße/ Rathausplatz l,

41061 Mönchengladbach/Germany



Registration is mandatory.

Participation fee: EUR 15,00

Participation will be limited to 100 participants.



Please find a list of hotels in the programme


Dinner (14/06) and sandwich lunch (15/06) are provided by KSZ

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Alessandro Di Maio

Media & Communications Officer E-mail Contact Tel.: +32 2 235 05 15
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