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Europe and the Rise of Populism

The Politics Festival 2017
Spoken Word / Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 2:30pm / Hall Two
£14.50 | Savers £9.50*

The populists are on the march – Brexit, Trump and the rise of right-wing parties in Europe suggest a pattern might be forming, the end of a more liberal and open era and the start of one that is more closed and nationalistic. Are mainstream parties and candidates starting to fight back?

With the German elections coming up, what is in store for Merkel?  French politics is shaken. What can British moderates learn from Macron?

Join Steve Richards in conversation with award-winning television and radio broadcaster Gavin Esler, writer and journalist, Agnès Poirier and Stefanie Bolzen, the London correspondent of Die Welt.


Agnès Poirier
 is a Paris-born and London-educated journalist, broadcaster and writer. A regular contributor to the British and American media (The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, BBC, Sky News, The Nation, CNN) and the UK editor for the French political weekly Marianne. She is the author of four books including A French woman's take on the English (Weidenfeld and Nicolson). Her forthcoming book Left Bank, Arts, Passion and the rebirth of Paris 1940-1950 will be released by Bloomsbury early 2018. She has taught at Sciences-Po, Paris, and preselects British films for the Cannes film festival.

Stefanie Bolzen is London correspondent for the leading German newspaper Die Welt. Up until 2008 she was a foreign news reporter and editor for Die Welt in Berlin covering issues including Eastern Europe, EU enlargement and energy policy.

Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, journalist and author, and Chancellor of the University of Kent. He has presented Dateline London on BBC World and the BBC News Channel, and numerous other TV and radio programmes ranging from Newsnight to Breakfast News. He is also the author of five novels, and a non-fiction book about the United States, The United States of Anger. He was the Chief North America Correspondent from 1989 – 1997. He frequently writes for publications including The Scotsman, The Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Mirror, The Independent, La Vie, and The New Statesman.

Steve Richards is an award-winning political commentator and broadcaster. He has written columns for the GuardianIndependentNew StatesmanSpectator and Times. He presents Radio 4’s A Week in Westminster and is a panellist on BBC 1’s Sunday Politics. His one-man show Rock‘n’Roll Politics is a regular event at Kings Place and the Edinburgh Festival. He has presented BBC series on Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. His latest series for the BBC, Reflections on Leadership, took the form of six ad libbed talks on modern Prime Ministers and is available on the BBC iplayer. His latest book The Rise of the Outsiders is published by Atlantic in June.

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