14 June, 2016 – 14:30 to 16:30
World Conference Center, Plenary Hall, Bonn


The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, now in its ninth year, is Germany’s international congress which addresses the role of media in politics and civil society. Focusing on a variety of hot topical issues, the conference draws over 2,000 experts in the fields of journalism, digital media, politics, culture, business, development, academia and civil society from all over the world. The Global Media Forum is a platform for the discussion and creation of ideas on media trends, foreign policy and their impact on helping overcome the challenges of global development.

Milan Nič, Research Director at GLOBSEC Policy Institute, will speak at the panel titled Migrants vs. natives and the death of Europe’s liberal, secular consensus.  The panel is hosted by Carnegie Europe.

Relentless scenes of desperate migrants gambling their lives in the hope of making it to Europe have become so commonplace that the initial outpouring of compassion toward refugees and the worst humanitarian crisis of our time has turned into outright ambivalence. This vast exodus of people arriving to Europe, most from Syria, has tested the union’s moral ground to the limits.

What could have been a collective triumph for the EU has now become a collective failure: Europe has turned inwards. One after the other, European member states are caving to growing public sentiment that “enough is enough.” Politicians eager to exploit a narrative of fear and terrorism have found vindication – sadly, not without some merit.

What is at stake goes to the very heart of what it means to be European: a community of shared values, moral universalism, and liberal and secular consensus. The spillover effects of this massive displacement of people is testing the EU’s convictions and capacities at home and in third countries on issues as diverse and complex as people and arms smuggling to countering violent extremism and discrimination. With so much on the line, what are the possible scenarios that could play out for Europe in the next months and years to come? What are the different perspectives driving the debate – and the policy response – that must be taken into account?


  • Caroline de Gruyter, European Affairs Correspondent, NRC Handelsblad, the Netherlands
  • Kadri Gürsel, Political Columnist for Al-Monitor and Diken; Chair, International Press Institute Turkish National Committee, Turkey
  • Stefan Lehne, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe, Austria
  • Milan Nič, Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Slovakia

Moderated by Judy Dempsey, Non-resident Senior Associate, Editor-in-Chief, Strategic Europe blog, Carnegie Europe, Germany

You can find more information about the Forum and the programme here.