APPC invites to participate in the online discussion on the popularity of conspiracy theories and the perception of democratic processes in the Baltic States


September 24, from 15.00 to 16.30 there will be an online discussion on the data and conclusions of the study “Voices of Central and Eastern Europe: Perceptions of democracy & governance in 10 EU countries“ conducted by the international think tank GLOBSEC. The survey provides an insight into people’s satisfaction with democracy and public administration in 10 Central and Eastern European countries, including Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Some of the findings, based on a survey of people, living in Latvia, show that 43% believe that world affairs are not decided by elected leaders but by secret groups aiming to establish a totalitarian world order, 21% believe that Latvian movement towards independence in 1990 was orchestrated by the USA for the sole purpose to cement its dominance in the region, but 63% believe the EU and Brussels dictates to Latvia what to do without Latvia having a chance to influence it.

The Centre for East European Policy Studies (CEEPS) has participated in the development of the report by providing context and data interpretation to analyse the role and impact of conspiracy theories on public views and thinking about democracy and governance in Latvia.

The results of the research and its brightest conclusions in the Baltic States will be presented by:

– Beāte Livdanska, Centre for East European Policy Studies (Latvia)
– Jurgis Vedrickas, Eastern Europe Studies Centre (Lithuania)
– Dmitri Teperik, International Centre of Defence and Security (Estonia)

Moderator: Dominika Hajdu, GLOBSEC Policy Institute.

The research is available here.

Registration for the event, which will take place on the ZOOM platform – here.