Main Lecture

How did leaders like Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump come to power? How could the systems that promised so much after the fall of the wall lead us to the uncertainty we now feel? When the Cold War finally ended, Americans and Europeans thought they were finally safe. We were convinced that democracy and globalization would bring peace and wealth forever, but they did not. Professor Timothy Snyder explains the reasons for this in his latest book, The Road to Unfreedom. These phenomena have only led to greater inequality and have paved the way for fascism and authoritarian political systems. The well-known political thinker and author presents this year's main lecture during the festival.

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