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World Forum for Democracy 2017 is devoted to ‘media, parties and populism’. This week we ask – is the problem fake news or fake democracy? What media, what parties, what politics do we need to re-connect with citizens and make informed choices in 21st century democracy?

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World Forum for Democracy 2017 is devoted to ‘media, parties and populism’. This week we ask – is the problem fake news or fake democracy? What media, what parties, what politics do we need to re-connect with citizens and make informed choices in 21st century democracy?

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

Rosemary Belcher-2.jpg

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

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