4 April 2017
Essen – ESI at Mercator Salon: European democracies and populism
Video: Stiftung Mercator

ESI director and Senior IPC Fellow Gerald Knaus was invited to speak at Stiftung Meractor's first Mercator Salon to discuss with the German professor Hans Vorländer, director of the Center for the Study of of Constitutionalism and Democracy at Dresden University, the challenge by new populist movements across Europe to democratic principles such as the separation of powers, pluarlism, freedom of press, and parliamentarism. They debated the nature of the challenge, and how to adress it on the European as well as the national level. They also gave a joint interview to the WAZ daily newspaper.

Gisela Steinhauer, Gerald Knaus, and Hans Vorländer. Photo: Peter Gwiazda/Stiftung Mercator
Gisela Steinhauer, Gerald Knaus, and Hans Vorländer. Photo: Peter Gwiazda/Stiftung Mercator
Gisela Steinhauer, Gerald Knaus, and Hans Vorländer. Photo: Peter Gwiazda/Stiftung Mercator
Gisela Steinhauer, Gerald Knaus, and Hans Vorländer. Photo: Peter Gwiazda/Stiftung Mercator
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com