Europe and the Future of Liberal Democracies

A Conversation with Wolfgang Reinicke

April 2018


Global Futures is a podcast about global politics and how rising powers like China and India are changing it. We discuss foreign policy, economics, war and peace, and how the world is changing with experts from across the world.

The global political climate has never been more volatile in the post-Cold War era. Confidence in liberal democracy, Western-led institutions, and the free market economy has eroded over the past decade. The European Union also lacks common responses to major challenges, such as rising populism, growing social and economic inequalities, and migration issues. So how did we get here? What has led to the current state of global governance and liberal democracy? How will the world order develop in the future? And what do we need in order to create an inclusive and functioning global political space?

In this episode of the Global Futures podcast, Joel Sandhu from the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) speaks with Wolfgang Reinicke, president of GPPi and founding dean of the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest. Wolfgang also supports the Global Governance Futures Program as a senior fellow, providing expert input on the futures of global order.

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