The primarily objective of the Barcelona seminar (April, 2014) was to understand the political logic of the decisions of the civic activists and their unwillingness to come with viable political alternative. The seminar brought together civic activists from Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Spain - people that have been involved in the protest activity in their own countries. Experts, analysts and commentators from USA, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Czech Republic also took part in the seminar. Among the participants we had activists of protests in Istanbul and Sofia, members of the Maiden Council.
The Berlin seminar in Berlin (June, 2014) was focused on the perspectives of the critics of the protests and on the governments' diverse responses to the protests and how these responses re-shape European politics. The two day seminar was structured in four round tables: RT I: Why did people go to the streets and what did they achieve there? Critics' perspective; RT II: The protests and the diverse responses of the governments - five experiences in comparative perspective; RT III: Protests and the future of democracy; RT IV: Lessons learned...
We gathered 21 policy experts, and policy makers from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Spain and Bulgaria and had the chance to hear their views of the nature, weaknesses and strength of the protest wave.
The final product is a Report that summarizes the key findings of the project activities (title: "The Politics of Protest: Between the Venting of Frustration and Transformation of Democracy").
For more information, please contact the project coordinator - Yana Papazova (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Policy Paper: The Politics of Protest: Between the Venting of Frustration and Transformation of Democracy
Period: January 2014 - December 2014
Coordinators: Daniel Smilov, Ivan Krastev, Anna Ganeva, Yana Papazova