Marek Tatala spoke about populism in Poland as one of the participants of the Promoting Tolerance Programme 2017 (today known as Advancing Democracy). The topic of the 25th edition of the Programme is “Confronting Bigotry and Intolerance in the Face of Rising Populism”. This interview was recorded in Berlin during the seminar predating the study trip to the United States of America.
For a quarter of a century the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) have worked together on the Promoting Tolerance Programme (known today as the Advancing Democracy Programme). The Programme was established only a few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of communist regimes in Eastern Europe. Since its creation in 1992, the Programme has served as a platform for dialogue, aiming to improve the rights of minorities, to foster pluralism and diversity and to fight discrimination, racism and xenophobia. Those 25 years in advancing democracy and building civil society would not have been possible without our 320 alumni from 25 countries from Central, East and Southeast Europe– emerging and established leaders from NGOs, political parties, think tanks and media- who became the main ambassadors of the values of the Programme in their respective countries.