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Free and Fair Elections in a Post-Truth Environment?

Discussion | 15.05.2017 | 19:30 - 21:00 Uhr | Tazcafé

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With the spread of far-right populism and nationalistic rhetoric in Europe or fake news drifting from marginal to mainstream sources of information and widely used in election campaigns, it is getting clear that we are living in the post-truth environment.

How does this environment affect our election habits? What did voters learn from national elections of 2015-2017 in Poland, Russia, the Netherlands, and France? What are the prospects for the German federal election in 2017 and the Presidential election in Russia in 2018? Are free and fair elections still possible? And what should we do together to counter manipulations?

These and other questions will be answered by prominent civil society actors from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Russia at a discussion organised by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.


  • Dominique Guibert (tbc), European Association for the Defense of Human Rights, Brussels, EU
  • Ralph du Long, Member of the Steering Commitee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum / UNITED for Intercultural Action, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Stefanie Schiffer, European Exchange / European Platform for Democratic Elections, Berlin, Germany
  • Roman Udot, GOLOS Association, Moscow, Russia
  • Łukasz Wenerski, Member of the Steering Commitee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum / Institut of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland


  • Matthew Karnitschnig, POLITICO, Berlin, Germany

Upon the end of the discussion, a drinks reception is planned. The language of the discussion is English, no interpretation provided.


Time & Location

Monday, May 15, 2017  |  7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23
10969 Berlin

Please find more information here.


  • Berlin, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, free, gratis, Politik