Guests list – World in Focus

Magdalena Wnuk

Analyst at She specialises in the analysis of the legislative process and politicians activities in the Polish Sejm and the European Parliament. Since March 2018, she has coordinated a Google Digital News partner project with 300polityka, Association 61 (Stowarzyszenie 61) and Frank Bold Foundation “Track the Lobby” aimed at creating a new website on lobbying in Poland. In 2018, she has earned her PhD in the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Currently, she conducts research on Polish Members of European Parliament funded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States scholarship.


Dominika Gmerek

Commentator at Krytyka Polityczna and vice-president of Global.lab

Dominika has graduated from the Instutute of International Relations and the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, she has also studied political science at the University of Vienna. She co-organised a research project on microfinancing programmes in India. Her research focuses on public international law, as well as systemic and regional aspects of human rights promotion and protection. Professionally, Dominika is involved with the NGO sector and has gained experience in Strategic Litigation Programme (Program Spraw Precedensowych) and the Observatory of CIA Activity on Polish Territory at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights . In her free time, she contributes to Food cooperative “Dobrze”, works in an urban garden and travels.


Jan Jakub Chromiec

Jan Jakub is an analyst at the ideaForum of the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw, where he focuses on Poland’s place in European politics and policy. After studying flute, linguistics, management and public policy in Łódź, Mainz, Rotterdam and Berlin, he worked as project manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany and the US. At the Foundation he was involved in setting up an international rating agency and oversaw a project on the innovativeness of the German economy. In his ongoing PhD research at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) he studies how Eurozone membership affects member states’ influence in the Council of the European Union.


Agnieszka Cianciara

Dr. hab. Agnieszka Cianciara is a professor of political science and European studies and a Deputy Director of the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences (ISP PAN). She has lectured at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, the Institute of Political Science in London and at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. She has authored several dozens publications on European integration, particularly on Europeisation and de-Europeaisation of member-states, candidate countries and neighbours. Her recent work is focused on illiberal democracies and undemocratic liberalism in the European Union.


Stanisław Zakroczymski

Editor at Magazyn Kontakt

He finished Inter-area Individual Studies in the Humanities at University of Warsaw, mastering in history, and is currently studying law. He is a graduate of the Witkacy High School and a secondary music school. He was an educator in the SR KIK group. He conducted an extended interview with prof. Adam Strzembosz, which was published in book form by “Więź” as “Between law and justice”


Piotr Trudnowski

Język sesji: Polish

Member of the board of the Jagiellonian Club

Member of the board of the Jagiellonian Club. Editor-in-chief of the portal. He has worked for civic organizations, public institutions, business and politicians.

Acting in NGOs, he co-initiated several civic actions on legislative process, including on the law on public fundraising, regulations on book prices or the Act on Small and Medium-sized Businesses’ Ombudsman. He is the author of the Jagiellonian Club’s positions in public consultations, among others on the Act on the National Institute of Freedom-Center for Development of Civil Society and the draft law on transparency of public life.

Between 2012-2013, he participated in drafting of the so-called deregulation acts and in the work on the reform of the law-making process. In the years 2016-2017 he was a member of the Team for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Minister of Development and Finance, Mateusz Morawiecki.

In the past, he was associated with the Republican Foundation, the editor of Rzeczy Wspólne and Nowa Konfederacja. Came up with the idea for the “Hour for Poland” initiative. Involved in a number of umbrella activities in the third sector, including as a member of the Program Council of the 8th National Forum of Non-Governmental Initiatives, a founding member of the Polish Crowdfunding Society, a member of the Program Council of the 24th School of Political Leaders.


Łukasz Pawłowski

Journalist and publicist.
He started his career in “Europa” weekly, which was published together with “Dziennik Polska-Europa-Świat”. Since 2010 he worked in “Kultura Liberalna”, where he currently is the political editor and the editorial secretary. He writes mainly about Polish and American politics. In 2014, he received the National Bank of Poland award of Władysław Grabski name for the best interview on economics for a conversation with prof. Michael Sandel titled “Wake up from an American Dream”. A psychologist and sociologist by profession, doctor of sociology. A graduate of the University of Warsaw, a former academic visitor at the University of Oxford and Indiana University.


Łukasz Kobeszko

Philosopher, journalist and commentator specialising in foreign affairs and Central and Eastern Europe. Member of the editorial staff of „Nowa Konfederacja”. Regular collaborator at the Polish Radio, Laboratorium Więź and Magazyn „Kontakt”.


Paulina Wilk

Born in 1980. Writer and press commentator.

She focuses on literature and global development, specialising in India and the Asia-Pacific region.

She is the cultural editor of the “Przekrój” quarterly, a permanent contributor on foreign affairs of the “Polityka” weekly and a columnist for the monthly “W Drodze”. Previously, she was a cultural journalist in “Rzeczpospolita”.

She writes for adults and children and debuted with a well-received “Lalki w ogniu. Opowieści z Indii” (“Dolls on fire. Tales from India”), while in a personal book titled “Znaki szczególne” (“Distinguishing Marks”) she described the experience of growing up during the Polish transformation. Her latest book – “Pojutrze. O miastach przyszłości” (“The Day After Tomorrow. On the cities of the future”) – describes observations from the largest urbanized areas of the world. Furthermore, in a series of tales about the teddy bear Kazimierz she came up with stories of a resolute plush gentleman and a group of his friends.

She writes in the morning, has a dog, likes to walk.

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Artur Celiński

Artur Celiński, deputy editor-in-chief of “Magazyn Miasta”, creator and head of the “DNA miasta” project team. Political scientist, consultant, commentator on public life. Specialist in the area of cultural policy and the importance of culture for urban development. Promotes innovation in managing public policies and introduction of tools for civic dialogue. Curator of the international project “Rozmowy zamiejscowe” run by the Goethe-Institut. Editor and co-editor of 13 research reports on cultural policy in Polish cities. He has acted as a speaker or moderator at over 100 national and international conferences. Author of texts published in leading Polish media. Coordinator of the process of creating strategic documents in the field of culture in Olsztyn, Koszalin, Białystok and Rybnik. He works as an academic lecturer (UW, UKSW, ASP in Warsaw). Scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

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Witold Drożdż

Since 2012, Witold Droźdż is an Executive Director for Corporate Affairs at Orange Polska and Member of the Orange Foundation Board. In 2010-2012, he was the Vice-President, and then acting President, of the Management Board of PGE Energia Jądrowa S.A. In 2007-2010, he was a Deputy Minister of Interior and Administration responsible for the development of the information society and public registers and the chairman of the “Digital Poland” governmental team as well as a member of the government’s team for energy security and the inter-ministerial team for digital television and radio. He received Info-Star (2009) and INFOSTAT (2009) awards as well as the award of the Ambassador of Digital Economy (2008). He is a member of the Main Council of the Business Centre Club. He graduated in law and international relations at the University of Warsaw. He also graduated from the Stanford Executive Program at the University of Stanford.

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Cécile Duflot

Cécile Duflot is a graduate of a MBA of the ESSEC Business School (French Business School), and holds a master’s degree in Geography. She practised as a professional town planner for 10 years, and was a volunteer in different young movements since she was a student.
After joining the Greens, the French Green Party, in 2001 she started a political career and became municipal councillor in 2003 and spokesperson of the French Green Party in 2004. On 2006 she was elected at the age of 31 National Secretary (party leader) of the Greens. She became regional councillor in 2010. She was elected member of the French parliament in June 2012 and became Minister of territorial equality and housing under the presidency of President François Hollande. In June 2017 she decided to stop her political activity after 16 years. She was nominated as the new ED of Oxfam France in April 2018. Cécile is the mother of three girls and a boy.


Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska is a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. Agata works on the EU institutional architecture, EU decision making process, differentiated integration, on Polish European policy and the UK’s relationship with the EU.

She has participated in numerous collaborative projects funded by i.a. International Visegrad Fund, the European Commission, as well as by Norway grants. Agata is also a core member of the Reshaping European Democracy project – an initiative of Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program and Carnegie Europe.

Before joining the CER, Agata worked as a senior research fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw where she dealt with EU institutional affairs. Prior that Agata worked for international law firm in Warsaw. She holds masters degrees in law and international relations, both obtained at Warsaw University.


The four traps Theresa May must avoid in her EU divorce letter 

Brexit czy możliwe jest kolejne referendum

Exceptional women who inspire Polish community 


Kerry Longhurst

Dr Kerry Longhurst is Jean Monnet Professor at Collegium Civitas. She has written on a wide variety of European and EU issues, especially the EU and the Eastern neighbourhood. She has held research and teaching grants from the EU, Visegrad Fund and German Marshall Fund and held academic positions in France and the UK. Her current research focuses on corruption and state capture in Eastern Europe. Kerry is also a visiting Professor at the College of Europe and a consultant for the European Union in the areas of Higher Education, Development Policy and civil society.


Monika Sadkowska

Culture expert and manager, actress. Producer of mobile culture events in small towns around Poland for such institutions as Theatre Institute and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Climate activist, co-organizer of the Climate Camp and the associate of the Development YES – Open Pit Mines NO Foundation.

Publications (in Polish):

Odzyskujemy energię! Magazyn Kontakt, September 2018, interview

Obozy dla ochrony klimatu, Dzikie Życie, June 2018


Tanja Busse

Born in 1970, she grew up in a farm in Höxter district. Student of journalism in Dortmund, East Westphalia and philosophy in Bochum, she completed a WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) internship in Cologne and a Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes scholarship in Italy. Researcher of Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia and the USA. She completed the PhD in philosophy in 2000, with her thesis on the visions of the end of the world in mass media. Editor in WDR in the years 2002-2003, when she also started to write as a freelancer for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Freitag and many other journals. Frequent moderator of discussions and conferences on such topics as farming, sustainable development, nutrition and ecology. In 2016, she became a member of the Agriculture Commission in the Federal Environmental Agency, in 2017 she received a Salus-Medienpreis and in the 2018, the TiBu prize of the German Animal Welfare Federation. Author of various publications, and a recently published book Die Wegwerfkuh (Blessing, Monachium 2014). She lives with her family in Hamburg.

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Krzysztof Mazur

President of the Jagiellonian Club. Expert of the Centre of Analysis of the Jagiellonian Club (CA KJ) in the field of politics, civic matters and public management. A graduate of political science and MISH UJ and of postgraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA). Doctor of political science, specializing in social philosophy and public management. An employee of the Jagiellonian University. Member of the Education, the young generation and sport and Science and innovation sections in the National Development Council (NRR) under the President of the Republic of Poland. Co-founder of an NRR report on the Responsible Development Strategy. Member of the Council of the National Center for Research and Development. As part of CA KJ, he conducts research on horizontal policies, innovation policy and the concept of creation of a “state’s brain”.

Member of the Council of the Coalition for Polish Innovation, within which he took part in the project Open State Treasury Companies, whose aim is to build company competence in the field of innovation policy.

Publications (in Polish):

Przekroczyć nowoczesność, Teologia Polityczna, grudzień 2017

Polskie państwo w erze Big Data. Rejestry publiczne kluczem do lepszej polityki?

Nadzieja i beznadziejność państwowców. Wokół „Wyjścia awaryjnego” Rafała Matyi


Karolina Lewicka

Political journalist at Radio TOK FM

Karolina Lewicka is a political journalist at Radio TOK FM, where she hosts Political Interview (Wywiad polityczny), a programme on current political affairs. Before that, she worked at Polish Television (TVP) for over a dozen years. She was a parliamentary reporter and commentator, covering every election campaign between 2005 and 2015.

Laureate of the Freedom of Speech prize by Unió de Periodistes Valencians association.

Karolina is a political scientist and a graduate of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She’s a lecturer in TV journalism at Collegium Civitas.

She’s interested in history, political marketing and theatre.

Publications (in Polish):

O roli prawa i znaczeniu sprawiedliwości opowiada prof. Monika Płatek – podcast TOK.FM

Józef Piłsudski, wybory brzeskie i sytuacja polityczna II RP – podcast TOK.FM

“To nie do pomyślenia, ale członkowie KRS nie mieli świadomości, że głosowali na kandydatów, których biografii nie znali” – podcast TOK.FM


Radosław Gawlik

In the 1980s he was active in Solidarity and the Freedom and Peace Movement (WiP), organising the protests against the Siechnice smelter plant and the Żarnowiec nuclear power plant. He participated in the Polish Round Table Agreement negotiations, as an advisor in the ecological team. Member of Parliament in the years 1989-2001, vice-minister of environment in Jerzy Buzek’s government. He belonged to such parties as Citizen’s Movement for Democratic Action, Democratic Union and Freedom Union, which he left in 2004 in order to participate in the formation of the Greens party. He is a president of the Ecological Association EKO-UNIA.


Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Lawyer, activist and publicist, co-founder and president of the Panoptykon Foundation, dealing with the issues related to the surveillance society. She published her articles in such magazines as Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), Gazeta Wyborcza (Electoral Newspaper), Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (Daily Legal Newspaper) and The Guardian. She participated in the works on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the process which was documented by David Bernet in a movie Democracy.

She ran a seminar From ‘Electronic Eye’ to ‘Fluid Surveillance’ – Discussions on the Surveillance Society at the Institute for Advanced Study, she also gives lectures for programmes Technology & Security and Technology & Privacy of the University of Girona. In the years 2011-2016, she served as an advisor for the Informatisation Council and the Digital Affairs Council of the Ministry of Digital Affairs. Vice-president of the European Digital Rights organisation, member of the Action Democracy council and the Programme Board of Amnesty International Poland, activist of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

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Edwin Bendyk

The author of four books:  The Poisoned Well. On Power and Freedom (W.A.B., 2002), Antimatrix. In the Maze of Web (W.A.B, 2004), Love, War, Revolution. Sketches for the Time of Crisis (W.A.B, 2009) and The Web’s Mutiny (POLITYKA, 2012). He also published, together with Jacek Santorski and Witold Orłowski, a book How to Live in a World That Has Gone Mad. Member of the Polish PEN Club and the European Council on Foreign Research.

He gives lectures on digital culture at the University of Warsaw as part of the Institute of Sociology’s master programme Language and Society, he also works for Collegium Civitas, where he coordinates the Centre for Studies on Future. He conducted the seminar on new media at the Centre for Social Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences PAN (Graduate School for Social Research), as well as, together with dr Adam Ostolski, the seminar Geo-politics by the Vistula River – How to Regain the Earth and Future at the Times of Ecological Crisis, which was coordinated in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. He is a vice-editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Culture and Progress.


Alek Tarkowski

Alek Tarkowski is a sociologist, maker of digital strategies and public policies, advocate and researcher of digital society. Co-founder and president of the Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation (Digital Center Foundation), the think-and-do-tank promoting the digital citizenship in Poland. He also co-founded the Creative Commons Poland, Polish Coalition for Open Education (KOED) and Communia, the European Association on the Digital Public Domain. Member of the Steering Committee at the Internet Governance Forum Poland and of the Programme Council of the School of Ideas at the SWPS University. Graduate of the Leadership Academy for Poland (2017), in 2016 he received the New Europe 100 Challenger title. Formerly, member of the Board of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister of Poland (2008-2011), member of the Polish Board of Digitisation, an advisory body to the Minister of Digitisation (2011-2016) and Junior Fellow at the McLuhan Program on Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto.


Filiciak, M., Tarkowski, A. (2018). Poland: Where the State Ends, the Hamster Begins. w: Karaganis, J. (red.),“Shadow Libraries. Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education”, The MIT Press.

Tarkowski, A., Wiens, K. (red.) (2016). Global Open Policy Index. Open Policy Network.

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Patrycja Wanat

Journalist, reporter, working for TOK FM radio station for 15 years, including the newsroom and her original cultural broadcasts. Winner of the Polish Film Institute’s award, nominee for the Grand Video Award for the online project Overexposure. She collaborates with Good Morning TVN, Polish morning TV show, she also run the It’s Happening Live program on

Her interests include biodiversity, permaculture and goat breeding, and she gradually puts her passion for crops cultivation and agriculture into practice.

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Monika Styczek-Kuryluk

Together with her husband she runs an ecological vegetal farm of 33 hectares in Lublin voivodeship. Graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), with a specialisation in ecological agriculture. Founder and President of the Mała Wielka Zmiana Foundation (Little Big Change Foundation), which deals with ecological education and supports the development of ecological farming in Poland. The foundation collaborates with an international movement Via Campesina, especially its European branch office.

Monika Styczek-Kuryluk is also an advocate for Farmer Rights Declaration in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Elżbieta Korolczuk

Sociologist, cultural studies expert and human rights activist. She studied at the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Psychology and American Studies Center. She works at the Göteborg and Södertörn Universities and as a lecturer of Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her research interests include gender, the bottom-up social movements, new forms of citizenship and the new reproduction technologies. Together with Renata E. Hryciuk she co-edited the books on motherhood and fatherhood in Poland and Russia: Farewell to Polish Mother? Discourses, Practices and Representations of Motherhood in Contemporary Poland (2012) and Dangerous Liaisons. Motherhood, Fatherhood and Politics (2015). She is engaged in the activities of the Warsaw Women’s Strike, she serves as a board member of Akcja Demokracja (Action Democracy) Foundation, and Polish Association of Gender Studies. Below links to her recent articles (in Polish).


Dziewuchy Dziewuchom – baśń o pewnej prywatyzacji z nieprostym morałem, Krytyka Polityczna, April 2018

Czarny Piątek jako pożegnanie z Kościołem, Krytyka Polityczna, March 2018


Aziliz Gouez

Analyst and advisor on European affairs, former speechwriter for the President of Ireland

Aziliz is a French citizen and an anthropologist by training. Between 2013 and 2017 she was the Chief Speechwriter for the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Before that, she spent several years working for the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris, where she focused on issues of European identity, intra-European migration and, in collaboration with Pascal Lamy, the anthropology of capitalism. She has lived and conducted fieldwork research in a number of European countries, including Romania, Ireland and the former Yugoslavia.

Aziliz is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She also spent a research spell at the University of Cambridge, looking into the social consequences of the Irish debt crisis. Recently, she has published on the consequences of Brexit for Ireland, while also getting involved in the preparation of the European election campaign and steering a research project on populism for the Dublin-based IIEA.


Ireland on the rocky road to Brexit – Policy paper

Forty years a-growing. An overview of Irish-EU relations – Report


Ałła Mitrofanova

Alla Mitrofanova is an independent researcher (St. Petersburg, Russia). She writes about activist art, contemporary philosophy, theory and history of feminism. Participant of the Cyberfeminist International (1997). She studies the history of women’s parties and the “Bolshevik feminist bias”, along with feminist projects in the field of IT policies.


Marta Dzido

Polish writer and film director. She is an author of books: The Trace of Mom (Ślad po mamie, 2003), Shellfish (Małż, 2005), Glee (Frajda, 2018), Matryoshka (Matrioszka, 2013), The Women of Solidarity (Kobiety Solidarności, 2016). As a director and script writer, she co-authored with Piotr Śliwiński the following documentaries: Paktofonika – a hip-hop trip to the past (Paktofonika- hip-hopowa podróż do przeszłości, 2009), Downtown – the City of Downs (Downtown – Miasto Downów, 2010) and Solidarity from Women’s Perspective (Solidarność według kobiet, 2014). She is currently working on a feature film titled Siłaczki which is a story of Polish suffragettes. Its premiere is envisioned for November 2018.


Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Director, Center for International Studies, Oxford

Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Oxford. She is chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. Before Oxford, she was an associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and and an Emile Noel-Straus Senior Fellow at NYU Law School. In 2008-2010, she was a member of the Gonzales reflection group on the future of Europe 2030 set up by the European Council. She also served as advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the 90s and early 2000s, the Dutch government in 2004, the UK government, the European Parliament, the European Commission, OECD and UNCTAD.

She has published widely on international relations, global governance, trade ethics, law and democracy promotion, as well as the internal and external aspects of European integration. Her last books are Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies, Normative Power Europe Revisited and European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Context.


The Greco-German Affair in the Euro Crisis: Mutual Recognition Lost?

The Cassis Legacy: Kir, Banks, Plumbers, Drugs, Criminals and Refugees

European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts


Mark Galeotti

Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague

Dr Mark Galeotti has been researching Russian history and security issues since the late 1980s. Educated at Cambridge University and the LSE, he is now a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and coordinates its Centre for European Security. He is also the director of the consultancy firm Mayak Intelligence. Previously he has been Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, head of the History department at Keele University in the UK, an adviser at the British Foreign Office and a visiting professor at MGIMO (Moscow), Charles University (Prague) and Rutgers (Newark), as well as a visiting fellow with the ECFR.

His books include Spetsnaz: Russia’s Special Forces and The Vory: Russia’s super mafia and the edited collections The Politics of Security in Modern Russia and Russian & Soviet Organized Crime and he is a regular contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review, Oxford Analytica and many other outlets. He is a contributing editor to Business New Europe.


Do the Western Balkans face a coming Russian storm?

Russia uncovered: writers on the World Cup host nation

Punishing Putin Just Makes Him Stronger

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Karolina Wigura

Sociologist, historian of ideas, journalist and a member of ECFR Council. Head of the political section of Kultura Liberalna and adjunct professor at the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Sociology. She studied political science, sociology and philosophy at the University of Warsaw and Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Her research deals with the issues of ethics, memory and identity in social and political theory. In 2011 she published Guilt of Nations. Forgiveness as a Political Strategy. She is the laureate of the Grand Press Prize 2008 for her interview Europe in Death Paralysis with Jürgen Habermas.


Poland, Europe and Forgiveness as a Political Strategy after World War II

“Dämonologie. Polen vor vier verlorenen Jahren“ Osteuropa Heft 1-2/2016, S.109-117

„Die ausgebrannte Generation. Präsidentschaftswahlen in Polen 2015“ Osteuropa Heft 4/2015, S.47-55


Flavia Kleiner

Flavia Kleiner is co-president and co-founder of the Swiss political movement Operation Libero. Her work focuses on the future of democracy, the rule of law, the current rise of right-wing populism and civil society engagement. Her movement Operation Libero gained national importance in Switzerland in 2016 when it successfully campaigned against the so-called “enforcement initiative” by the Swiss People’s Party, which wanted to expel foreigners for petty offences. Initially projected to pass by a huge margin, the initiative was clearly refused in the end, with Operation Libero making the case for fundamental principles of Swiss democracy and the rule of law. They also successfully campaigned in a series of other initiatives and referendums, always defending liberal values and spreading an optimism about the future. Flavia is a council member of the European Council on Foreign Affairs (ECFR), one of POLITICO’s “28 people who will shape Europe in 2018” and among Forbes “30 under 30” in the section “Law & Policy”. She holds an BA in contemporary history and law at the University of Fribourg and spent an exchange year at Hebrew University Jerusalem. She lives in Zurich, Switzerland.


About Flavia:

Lessons from Fighting Swiss Right-Wing Populism: Flavia Kleiner and Operation Libero

Who Will Lead Europe Now?

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Andrzej Hałasiewicz

Rural sociologist and economist conjoining both the theoretical and practical work. Longtime member of the Rural Areas Sociology Research Institute at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and of the Ministry of Agriculture, where he organized the Department of the Pre-accession Help and the Structural Funds, coordinated the Special Accession Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (SAPARD) in 1999, as well as the National Program for the Development of Rural Areas in the years 2007-2015. He was an expert advisor in the Chancellery of the President of Poland (2011-2013), permanent representative of Poland in FAO (2014-2016) and the member of the FAO Programme Committee (2015-2017). Since August 2017 he is the leader of an expert group working on the Ministry of Agriculture’s project in Ankara.

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prof. Jan Zielonka

Jan Zielonka is a Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and Ralf Dahrendorf Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College. His previous appointments included posts at the University of Warsaw, Leiden and the European University Institute in Florence. He has produced eighteen books, including Is the EU doomed? (Polity Press , 2014), Europe as Empire. The Nature of the Enlarged European Union, (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Media and Politics in New Democracies. Europe in a Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2015). His latest book, Counter-Revolution. Liberal Europe in Retreat, has been published in 2018.


Liberałowie przegięli – Kultura Liberalna, interview (in Polish)

Yes, you will suffer as well – Die Zeit

Europe is no longer safe – Die Zeit

Jeżeli ktoś mówi, że wyborca zgłupiał, to dla mnie nie jest demokratą – Gazeta Wyborcza, interview (in Polish)

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Michał Paliński

Economist investigating the influence of new technologies on the global markets and societies. With the financial support of National Science Centre and European Comission, he conducts the research on the online privacy economy and the future of internet. He currently completes his PhD on the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw and works there as a DELab analyst.


Mazur J., Paliński M., Sobolewski M. (2017). GDPR: A Step Towards a User-centric Internet? ”Intereconomics”, 52(4).

Sobolewski M., Paliński M. (2017). How much consumers value on-line privacy? Welfare assessment of new data protection regulation (GDPR), WNE Working Papers, 17(246).

Śledziewska K., et al. (2017). Przewodnik po Jednolitym Rynku Cyfrowym dla MŚP. DELab UW.

Paliński M. (2016). Przyszłość pracy: między „uberyzacją” a automatyzacją. Raport DELab UW.

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Ralf Fücks

Co-founder of Centre for Liberal Modernity, former President of the Heinrich Boll Foundation

While at university, studying social sciences, economics, and political science, he was active in the student movements in Heidelberg and Bremen. He has also been a member of the Green Party of Germany since 1982.

His work and research focus on sustainable development, reshaping the welfare state, migration, the future of European integration and foreign policy. At the Heinrich Boll Foundation, he was responsible for the divisions of domestic political education, Europe and North America, German-Israeli-Relations as well as for the foundation’s scholarship program.

He has published widely in newspapers and international journals on ecological and environmental themes, European affairs and international politics. He is the author of the book “Intelligent Wachsen – Die grüne Revolution (Intelligent Growth – The Green Revolution)”, which has been recently issued in English and Polish.


A new attempt to resolve the Ukraine conflict

Dealing with Authoritarian Regimes: Challenges for a Value-based Foreign Policy

The Refugee Crisis – Europe’s Humanity and Ability for Political Action on Trial


Sylvie Kauffmann

Journalist, editor at Le Monde

Kauffmann earned degrees from the Training Centre for Journalists in Paris, the Institute for Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence, and the faculty of law at the University of Provence Aix-Marseille. She also received a degree in Spanish from the University of Deusto in Bilbao.

In 1979 Kauffmann began working at Agence France-Presse as a foreign correspondent stationed in various locations. Eight years later she joined Le Monde as the paper’s Moscow correspondent. Soon she became the correspondent for Eastern and Central Europe, which enabled her to report on the fall of communism and the democratic transitions. In 1993 Kauffmann was transferred to the United States, where she served as the Washington correspondent and then the New York bureau chief . In 2002, she wrote a prizewinning series of articles about life in the United States following the September 11 attacks. Currently, she is the Editorial Director in “Le Monde”.


Trump Reveals Himself as the Bully of His Allies – The New York Times, July 2018

Longtemps marqueur de l’extrême droite, la question de l’identité est devenue mainstream – Le Monde, September 2018

Speaker in the following sessions:


Maciej Zakrocki

Journalist, host of “What happened?” programme at TOK FM

He has been dealing with European issues over the past 15 years. His series of „Debata po europejsku” programmes aired on TVP INFO, have been rewarded with the European Parliament’s grant. In 2014 Zakrocki, on the 14th anniversary of Polish accession to the EU, published his book „Przepustka do Europy”, which is a combination of his own memories from the accession negotiations period and of interviews with major actors of these events, which he had conducted. He has been affiliated TVP since 1985. As of June 2014, he hosts his own programme at TOK FM radio – airing from Monday to Friday at 4 p.m.- called „Co się stało?”[What happened?].


Agnieszka Lichnerowicz

Head of the Foreign Desk at TOK FM Radio, host of the Światpogląd programme

Lichnerowicz also worked as a reporter, cpvering several different events such  elections, conflicts and international summits around the world. She has been to Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus as well as Northern Africa during the Arab Spring . She has also reported on the transformations in Myanmar.

Among many other prizes, she was awarded with PAP’s (Polish Press Agency) R. Kapuściński award. She co-hosts the “Poczytalni” programme. Lichnerowicz is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics.


Michał Sutowski

Krytyka Polityczna Editorial Team

Michał Sutowski is a graduate of political science, which he combines with journalism in his professional career. He is mainly interested in questions regarding political and economic (dis)integration in Europe, political economy of Western capitalism, Russian and German politics as well as the history of Eastern European intelligentsia. Sutowski publishes his works in Dziennik Opinii and was also a columnist for the news portal. He translates books from English and German (i.a. by Ivan Krastev, Franz Walter and Ulrich Beck). He is the Coordinator of the Institute for Advanced Studies, a project of Krytyka Polityczna.


Piotr Buras

Director of Warsaw’s European Council on Foreign Relations Office

Piotr Buras is a journalist, author and expert in German and European politics. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked as a columnist and Berlin correspondent for “Gazeta Wyborcza”, the biggest Polish daily.

He started his professional career in the late 1990s at the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw, one of the first Polish think-tanks. He continued his career at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). He was also a visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. His recent book “Moslems and the other Germans. The Reinvention of the Berlin Republic” was published in Polish in 2011.


After Tusk: Poland in Europe 

The EU’s silent revolution


Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw

As a political scientist, she specializes in issues related to democratization, European integration, Central and Eastern Europe, and German–Polish relations. In recent years she has been involved with the Institute for European Politics, the European University Viadrina and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Between 2004 and 2009 she worked as a European policies advisor to the Green Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. Irene Hahn-Fuhr is vice-president of the European Integration Strategy Association (EISA).



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