Mercator European Dialogue
Today, the proliferation of fake news is a top concern among Europeans. According to the “Flash Eurobarometer on Fake News and Online Disinformation”, published by the European Commission in March 2018, 83% of respondents think that fake news represent a danger to democracy.
This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the policy challenges related to disinformation in electoral campaigns at different levels, with a specific focus on the upcoming European elections.
Together with high-level experts, participants will learn to identify online disinformation techniques and will engage in innovative discussions on how to tackle misinformation and achieve a more effective communication during electoral campaigns and beyond. The conversation will revolve around the role politicians can have in improving the standards of political communication, especially when it comes to the role national Members of Parliaments in the European debate, and in encouraging more truthful and reality-based discussions, thus increasing interaction with voters and contributing to a healthier democratic system.
The upcoming European elections will offer the opportunity to explore whether fake news have any real effects on national debates, analyse and compare the quality of political discussions across Europe, as well as to touch upon the regulations and policies which exist at national and European level in this field.
Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB
Chiara Rosselli, Head of the Mercator European Dialogue
What are the best communication strategies to combat disinformation campaigns when discussing European affairs during political campaigns and beyond?
Marc Cases, CEO, Think O‘Clock
How to increase the quality of political debates? What are the best ways to incorporate reality-based arguments and effective fact-checking strategies in the work of a national politician?
Katarína Klingová, Senior Research Fellow, GlobSec
Lorenzo Marini , Cofounder, Verificat; Director, YouCheck
What is the EU‘s response to disinformation and fake news? To what extent are fake news affecting the EU election campaign?
Carme Colomina, Researcher, CIDOB