More than ever before, the European Union is struggling to close the gap between its citizens and institutions. This is also reflected in the fact that previously scarce anti-EU or far-right parties have become part of the mainstream, thereby feeding into people´s fears and concerns. The question arises: What are causes for these developments and how were they triggered?
China, in comparison, is busy with its own domestic problems itself. While it was witnessing an economic boost for many years, it is now facing an economic slow-down. While it has benefited from globalization, it neglected to take care of a deepening socioeconomic crisis. Social inequality, partly having resulted from the government´s market-oriented reforms of previous years, is on the public’s agenda again. To distract from its internal problems, but also to react to a rising international influence, government officials reacted with populist speeches aligning its people. How do Chinese citizens cope with these new agendas and what is its impact?
These topics were discussed during the panel discussion on Aug. 30, 2017. Alongside Prof. Segbers four additional panelists provided an insight into different perspectives of populism in China and Europe. Prof. Segbers was joined by Dr. Josef Braml, (German Council on Foreign Relations, DGAP), Prof. Dingding Chen (Prof. for International Relations and Associate Dean of the Institute for 21st Century Silk Road Studies at Jinan University), Shan Huang (deputy managing editor of Caixin Media) and Prof. Junfen Ren (School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University).