MINELRES: Fwd: CfA: Right-wing extremism in Europe - Trends and Counter-Strategies, 15 May 2008, Dresden

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Counter-Strategies

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Dear colleagues, dear friends,

The Socialist Group in the European Parliament is organising a European
conference on the topic "Right-wing extremism in Europe - Trends and
Counter-Strategies", to be held on May 15, 2008, in Dresden / Germany.
200 people from Germany and Europe, coming from politics, science and
civil society, are expected to participate. The conference is organised
bilingually German/English, professional simultaneous interpretation
will be provided.

Please find attached the detailed program which is also downloadable at
the website of the Network for Democracy and Courage:
www.netzwerk-courage.de

Please send your registration before 8 May by mail, fax or email to the
following address:

Netzwerk fur Demokratie und Courage e.V.
Schutzenplatz 14
D-01067 Dresden
Phone: +49 (0) 351 48 100 62
Fax: +49 (0) 351 48 100 61
Email: konferenz@netzwerk-courage.de

No participation fee will be charged. Unfortunately we are not in
position to refund travel costs or provide accommodation. However,
please contact us in case you need help with finding suitable
accommodation, we will be happy to assist you.

In case of for further questions, don't hesitate to contact Maria
Grjasnow, Netzwerk fur Demokratie und Courage, by phone: +49 (0) 351 48
100 62, or via email: maria@netzwerk-courage.de

On the following day, Friday 16 May, an additional network meeting will
be organised during which participants will have the opportunity to meet
local NGOs and projects dealing with the fight against right-wing
extremism and the strengthening of democracy.

We are looking forward to meeting you on 15 and 16 May in Dresden.

Kind regards,
Constanze Krehl, Member of the European Parliament


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Right-wing extremism in Europe - Trends and Counter-Strategies
An exchange of politics, science and practice

Conference hosted by the Socialist Group in the European Parliament
Thursday, 15 May 2008, Dresden

Right-wing extremist groups and parties have established strong networks
all across Europe. With the help of new symbols, and the presentation of
a moderate facade to the outside world, they are attempting to gain
ground within the political centre and to influence larger parts of
society. In spite of all appearances however, the dangerous and inhuman
nature of their ideas has not changed. In the face of this expansion
process, the Socialist Group in the European Parliament would like to
use this conference to promote an exchange between scientists,
politicians and members of civil society who advocate a tolerant and
cosmopolitan Europe.
During the conference, participants from all over Europe will present
and openly discuss trends of right-wing extremism and democratic
counter-strategies. In addition, the conference will serve as a platform
for the presentation of numerous initiatives. The Socialist Group in the
European Parliament warmly welcomes you to this conference in Dresden!

***Program***

10:00 am - Registration & Accreditation

11:00 am - Welcome (Constanze Krehl, Member of the European Parliament)

11:05 am - Speech I: Increasing populism and right-wing extremism in
Europe - Social democratic responses (Martin Schulz, President of the
Socialist Group in
the European Parliament, Germany)

11:25 am - Speech II: Strengthening democracy and confronting right-wing
extremism - Lessons learned from Saxony (Martin Dulig, Chairman of the
SPD parliamentary group in the Saxon Parliament)

11:35 am - Keynote I: Right-wing extremism in Europe - a transnational
comparative analysis (Dr. Orkan Kosemen, Bertelsmann Foundation
Joint Project ?Strategies to Combat Right-Wing Extremism in Europe" of
Bertelsmann Foundation and Center for Applied Policy Research Munich)

12:15 am - Keynote II: Trends within the European right-wing extremist
spectrum (Anastasia Denissova, Youth Human Rights Movement Russia,
Member of the international expert group "Civil Society against
right-wing extremism" of the European network UNITED for Intercultural
Action)

1:00 pm - Lunch break, parallel: info market of Saxon and European NGOs

2:00 pm - 3 parallel workshops 

Workshop I: Battle for the parliaments - Right-wing extremist parties in
Europe
Barbara Duhrkop Duhrkop, Vice President of the Socialist Group in the
European Parliament, Spain
Friedemann Bringt, Kulturburo Sachsen e.V., Germany
Dr. Miroslav Mare?, Masaryk University Brno, Czechia
Ondrej Cakl, Klara Kalibova, Tolerance and Civil Society, Czechia

Workshop II: Cross from the right? Right-wing extremism in European
football
Constanze Krehl, Member of the European Parliament
Christian Kabs, Fan Project Dresden e.V., Germany
Michal Riecansk, People against Racism, Slovakia
Dr. Sebastien Louis, Luxembourg against Racism, Luxembourg

Workshop III: Anti-capitalist, social, national? Social demagogy as a
feature of right-wing extremism
Kristian Vigenin, Vice President of the Socialist Group in the European
Parliament, Bulgaria
Mathias Rodatz, Forum of Critical Research on Right-wing extremism,
Germany
Irene Koutelou, Anti-Nazi Initiative, Greece

4:00 pm - Coffee break

4:20 pm - Welcome note, Thomas Jurk, Vice Prime Minister of the Free
State of Saxony

4:25 pm - Presentation and discussion of the workshop results

4:45 pm - Roundtable: Right-wing extremism as a European challenge
Thomas Jurk, Vice Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony
Barbara Duhrkop Duhrkop, Vice President of the Socialist Group in the
European Parliament
Britta Schellenberg, Center of Applied Policy Research, Ludwig
Maximilian University Munich
Grit Hanneforth, Kulturburo Sachsen e.V.

6:00 pm - Closing of the conference

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