Special Keynote

The crisis of democracy: from fear to hope?

The rise of so-called populist parties should be taken seriously as a clear sign that people feel wronged and betrayed by the State and traditional elites in ways that largely surpass ideology, leading them to support nationalist, xenophobe and misogynist policies. The emergence of illiberal democratic regimes all over the world introduces questions regarding the way democracy is perceived. We must then ask: what kind of changes does democracy need to endorse in order to prevail and protect fundamental rights and needs?

Columnist at The Washington Post & 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Nonfiction (United States, Poland)

Guest Assistant Professor at Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities (Portugal)


Chairwoman of the Estoril Conferences (Portugal)