(New York, N.Y./Berlin, Germany/Bratislava, Slovakia) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and GLOBSEC invite you to a webinar discussing violent right-wing extremist groups in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, including their financial networks.
There has been a noted presence of violent right-wing extremist groups in Central Europe since the 1990s. However, in recent years, these movements have become increasingly vocal, active, engaged, and violent. The global COVID-19 pandemic as well as the war in Ukraine have added additional themes to their ideological messages, or ‘alternative narratives’, as some right-wing movements choose to label them.
More importantly, some of their radical messaging have now entered the political mainstream. All Central European countries are experiencing similar developments in this regard, despite their historical, national, and cultural differences.
There are common elements among these movements, including attempts to form paramilitary organizations and conduct training as well as calls for renewing ‘traditional’ family values. The anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, anti-EU, and anti-Roma themes have been broadened to include anti-vaccine, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-NATO attitudes. The ongoing war in the Ukraine has galvanized right-wing groups even more. Clearly, there is more to Central European right-wing movements than meets the eye.
This webinar is the second of a two-part series on Central European extreme right-wing movements. The first one on April 14 focused on right-wing extremist networks in Bulgaria and Hungary. This second webinar will give an overview of the current situation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The webinar will be conducted in English via Zoom.
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Time: 15:00 – 16:30 CET / 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET
Juraj Kuruc, research fellow, GLOBSEC
The radical right in Slovakia
Dr. Miroslav Mareš, professor, Masaryk University, Brno
The extreme right-wing in the Czech Republic
Moderator and introductory remarks:
Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director, Counter Extremism Project
The presentations will be followed by a Q&A-session open to all participants.
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