About the project
Where is democracy heading? Is our freedom in danger? Inspired by the global COVID-19 lockdown, the #Forum2000online Chats offer interviews with politicians, experts, human rights defenders, journalists and diplomats – relevant and interesting people from the Forum 2000 network - discussing the most significant current developments and looking at how they impact the future of democracy and freedom. Governments tend to accumulate power in times of crisis - and we need to make sure they renounce it, once normalcy returns!
#Forum2000online Chats are released twice a week.
In Latin America, the worst is yet to come.
Chinese are occupying the empty space left by the Americans. Brazil lacks leadership.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Governmental mismanagement of the crisis generates new civic spirit.
Argentinian congress has not gathered in 50 days. People protest on social media.
Pandemic is weakening the populists. Biden may win the elections with a significant majority.
Hongkongers are ready to protest again. The pandemic strengthened the pro-democratic camp.
Cuba needs assistance. Regime responded with repression and the situation is alarming.
Rosa María Payá Acevedo
Congolese military are robbing businesses. China reinforces its influence over Africa.
Andréa Papus Ngombet Malewa
China’s trust deficit has exploded. Democracies will handle the crisis better.
Chile: Trust in institutions increased, economic impacts may affect the constitutional referendum
Sascha Hannig, Rafael Rincón
Hungary is now a hybrid regime, no longer a democracy. A more critical voice from Berlin would help
International order has been very badly hit. Pandemic can either bring it down or inspire new ideas
This crisis launched Taiwan onto international arena. China's „punishment“ was blessing in disguise
Ketty W. Chen
Putin's centralized system does not work efficiently in this crisis. That shocked the ruling class
Konstantin von Eggert