It seems as the same forces of globalization and technological growth that brought the world closer together, blurring and shrinking both the space and time differences, increased perceived inequalities and made people more protective of their ethnic, cultural and religious identities. Carried on the wings of skepticism, anti-immigration sentiment and headed by political leaders who promise easy answers/simple solutions to complex problems, across globe, populist, nationalist and far-right parties have made significant electoral gains. It is unlikely that this populist surge will decrease any time soon. Resurgence of nationalism represents a cause for concern as it undermines the core values of open and liberal orders, and shakes the building blocks of liberal democracy. International context, which is in its transformative state, requires a determined and strong leadership that stand firm by its values and beliefs. Drawing upon famous quote of Charles deGaulle “Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first. Nationalism is when hate for people other than your own comes first” we need to ask ourselveswhom do we entrust to know the difference between the two? Has the new generation of Europeans already forgotten its own and violent past? Can we really afford fragmentation at a time when integration and cooperation is needed more than ever before? What are the building blocks of democracy that are being eroded, and why?
MODERATOR: Jessie HRONEŠOVÁ, Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, UK
Miodrag VLAHOVIĆ, Ambassador, Embassy of Montenegro to the Holy See and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro
Roman JAKIČ, Former Minister of Defence and MP, Slovenia
Michael HALTZEL, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, USA
Damir MARUŠIĆ, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council and Executive Editor of The American Interest, USA