S09E01: Ivan Krastev on the Euro­pean Elections 

This episode explores the recent Euro­pean elec­tions and the EU’s polit­i­cal drift to the right. What were the major issues, cam­paign themes and deci­sive fac­tors which led to the results? And does the polit­i­cal cen­ter still hold if many right-wing posi­tions have already been main­streamed? Lis­ten to hear about the new dynam­ics that will affect the future direc­tion of the EU and the geopo­lit­i­cal chal­lenges Europe will face dur­ing the upcom­ing U.S. elections.

Guest fea­tured on this episode:

Ivan Krastev is a per­ma­nent fel­low at the Insti­tute for Human Sci­ences in Vien­na and chair­man of the Cen­ter for Lib­er­al Strate­gies in Sofia. Krastev is a found­ing board mem­ber of the Euro­pean Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions in Berlin, as well as a board mem­ber of the Open Soci­ety Foun­da­tion and of the Inter­na­tion­al Cri­sis Group.
Pre­vi­ous­ly, he served as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Com­mis­sion on the Balka­ns. In 2020, Krastev was award­ed the Jean-Marie Prize for Euro­pean Essay Writ­ing. He has been a con­tribut­ing opin­ion writer for the New York Times, and pub­lish­es reg­u­lar­ly in the Finan­cial Times. Trained as a polit­i­cal sci­en­tist, Ivan Krastev is the author of wide­ly acclaimed books such as “Democ­ra­cy Dis­rupt­ed: The Glob­al Pol­i­tics on Protest”, “In Mis­trust We Trust: Can Democ­ra­cy Sur­vive When We Don’t Trust Our Lead­ers”, “After Europe”, and most recent­ly, the award win­ning “The Light That Failed”, co-authored with Stephen Holmes.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.