The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) organised a breakout dinner on the topic “Political Polarisation: The Way Forward” in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) on the 24th March 2017 at the Restaurant Maison du Cygne in Brussels, Belgium.
The informal setting allowed for an engaging and fluid discussion on the topic among participants and experts, notably William Drozdiak, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Centre on the US and Europe, the Brookings Institute and Mario Gavenda, Member of FEPS Young Academic Network.
Maria Freitas, FEPS Policy Advisor, moderated the breakout dinner. Throughout the dinner three guiding questions framed the discussions:
1. How do we start a new consensus building process in this fluid and polarized political context?
2. What and who is altering democracy, and how we engage the younger generations into the political processes?
3. How can mainstream politics and media counteract recent trends of post-factual attitude?