The Threat of Ultra-Nationalism in Ukraine and Europe

16.00, Thursday 28 Feb, SALONGEN

Free entry

Liberal, democratic values are under attack from right-wing parties and populist movements in Ukraine as in several European countries. As is the case with many young democracies; supporters of liberal values clash with those who glorify the country’s history and nationalist myth-building. Ultra-nationalist attacks on LGBT and women’s activists, and support for illiberal and anti-democratic sentiments is a growing concern.

The illiberal democracy of Victor Orbán in Hungary and undemocratic developments in neighboring Poland may also have a negative influence on the situation in Ukraine. The ongoing conflict with Russia further strengthens ultra-nationalist sentiments.

This leads us to ask the following: -Will the liberal values that were in the focus of the 2014 Euromaidan revolution, survive in the context of nationalism and conflict with Russia? -How can developments in Ukraine be understood in the context of the nationalistic and protectionist discourse in Europe and globally?


Norwegian journalist and writer Simen Ekern ,

Human rights defender Oleksandra Matvijtsjuk

feminist and LGBTIQ activist Olena Shevchenko

 in a conversation led by author Aage Borchgrevink 

In cooperation with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee