Countering Populism in Public Space

For confident handling of anti-democratic populism in public space

NGO’s handling of anti-democratic populism

Media professionals’ handling of anti-democratic populism

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About the project

In cooperation with representatives from German non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and media professionals from broadcasting, TV, print and online media as well as blogs, the project “Countering Populism in Public Space” developed practical guidelines for a confident and conscious approach towards anti-democratic populism in public space. It is important to note that the conclusions drawn in these guidelines were developed within the socio-political context of Germany. Hence, applications to other contexts must be treated with caution. This project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) in cooperation with substantive support by the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung and neue deutsche medienmacher*innen.

Translating experience and expertise into practical and concrete guidelines

On the one hand, civil society organizations face the challenge of stimulating a tolerant culture of debate and fostering the objective and free exchange of opinions, without, however, strengthening anti-democratic movements.

On the other hand, media workers must find a way in their work to consciously and confidently deal with populist actors or even anti-democratic perspectives.

By means of a multimedia range of publications, we give practical suggestions for confident handling of anti-democratic populism in public space.

Project Head

Paulina Fröhlich

Head of Resilient Democracy

Project Assistants


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Countering Populism in Public Space: Non-governmental organisations

Over the past few years, civil society organisations have been faced with greater challenges posed by anti-democratic populism

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