3rd International Populism Conference in Prague

Current Populism in Europe and the Role of the Media

Organization Board


Berthold Franke (Goethe Institut Prague) 

Berthold Franke studied Music, German Literature and Social Sciences and worked as musician, journalist and university teacher. He joined the service of the Goethe-Institut in 1989 and held posts in Warsaw, Dakar, Munich, Stockholm, Paris. From 2009 to 2013 he was Regional Director South West Europe and Delegate for European affairs in Brussels. Since 2014 he is Regional Director Central Eastern Europe in Prague. He regularly publishes articles in German magazines and newspapers (o.a. in MERKUR, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit) on topics of culture, cultural policy and foreign cultural policy.



Eva van de Rakt (Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Prague) 

Eva van de Rakt has been head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Prague office since 2004. She completed her studies at the University of Music and Theatre in Rotterdam. Since 2001, she has worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation focusing on the programmatic areas of democracy and human rights, as well as energy and climate policy. Eva van de Rakt has been a board member at the Green European Foundation since 2014.




Vladimír Handl (Charles University, Prague)

Vladimír Handl is a researcher at the Institute for International Relations (Prague) and teaches at the Department of German and Austrian Studies (Institute for International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University). He focuses mainly on German foreign policy, Czech foreign policy and the transformation of the successor parties to former Communist Parties in Central Europe.




Martin Mejstřík (Charles University, Prague) 

Martin Mejstřík studied West European Studies at Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and Political Science at University of Bologna. Now he is a PhD. candidate at the Institute of International Studies where also teaches various courses. He is focusing on Italian politics, current European populism and on the transformation of the communist parties.