On Dec 2, 2021, the second hybrid public discussion was organized as part of the international project: Tackling illiberal and Eurosceptical narratives from below co-funded by the Europe for Citizens program of the European Union. This project is being implemented in collaboration with four partner organizations: The Scuola Normale Superiore – Florence/Pisa, Italy; Eurothink – Center for European Strategies – Skopje, North Macedonia; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Jan Nowak Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe from Wojnowice, Poland. The event was held at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology – Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy.
The goal of the discussion was to present the illiberal narratives, Euroscepticism, anti-EU perspectives as well as cultural, economic, and political dimensions in four countries in Europe: The Republic of North Macedonia, Slovenia, Italy, and Poland. Several representatives of the partner organizations presented their research findings: Manuela Caiani, Chiara Milan and Benedetta Carlotti – Scuola Normale Superiore from Florence, Italy; Dimitar Nikolovski and Ljupcho Petkovski – Eurothink– Center for European Strategies; Marko Lovec and Faris Kochan – University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Adam Balcer and Maria Winclawsca – Jan Nowak Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe from Wojnowice, Poland.
The event attracted a wider audience consisting of students, interested citizens and representatives of the academic community and civil society. These types of events are envisioned to take place in each of the partnering countries. More specifically, each partnering organization will organize two events and the final one will be held in Skopje in June 2022.