2014 Conference

Democracies in Europe Under Threat

Vienna, 20–21 November, 2014

In November 2014 the Vienna Policy Conference brought together eighty policy analysts, academics, pollsters, investigative journalists, and activists from across Europe to discuss the threats to European democracies. The rise of protest politics, populism and extremism in recent years has caused deep changes to European societies. ‘Democracies in Europe Under Threat’ looked at some of the most worrying trends in European countries such as France, Greece and Hungary and examined how Europeans engage with politics.

For a full account of the conference read here.



Taking place over the course of two days in November 2014, we welcomed participants 20 November with an open “policy ideas market”. On 21 November multiple sessions were devoted to European policy.

For a complete agenda from the 2014 conference, click here.



Kostas Argyros, Editor of Ependisi

Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos

Endre B. Bojtár, Editor in Chief of Magyar Narancs

Goran Buldioski, Director of the Open Society Think Tank Fund and Acting Co-Director of the Higher Education Support Program, OSF

Dimitris Christopoulos, Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights

Doraja Eberle, Board Chairwoman of ERSTE Stiftung

Catherine Fieschi, Director of Counterpoint

Apostolis Fotiadis, Freelance Journalist

Kinga Göncz, Advisory Board Chair at OSF Roma Programs

Heather Grabbe, Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute

Marilena Katsimi, Coordinator of Beat the Fear

Thomas Klau, Chairman of Asylos

Guillaume Liegey, Co-founder of Liegey Muller Pons

Boris Marte, Head of Erste HUB Innovation Center

Attila Mong, Board Member and Deputy Editor-in-chief at atlatszo.hu

Rainer Münz, Head of Research & Knowledge Center at Erste Group

Jørgen Nielsen, Honorary Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Copenhagen

Tamsin Rose, Director of Tamarack

Paul Taggart, Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex

Jordi Vaquer, Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe

Balázs Váradi, Senior Researcher at the Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis

Peter Vermeersch, Professor of Politics, University of Leuven

Nicolas Véron, Senior Fellow at Bruegel

Ivan Vevjoda, Senior Vice President of the German Marshall Fund

Jon Worth, Blogger

For a full list of speakers including biographies, click here.