Media conference 2016: On the Tightrope

With ever quickening pace, Russia and the West are alienating themselves from one another. Targeted disinformation and simplified media images, double standards and fatigue, have allowed this rift to widen.

This is not the only division taking place on the continent. Many factions within Europe are drifting apart from one another: those opposed to Brexit from supporters of the movement; Muslims from those who suspect them to be Islamists; advocates of an open Europe from those who want to protect her values by closing borders.

How do we rise above polarization? How can we stand our ground, while still remaining open to the perspective of others?

At the eleventh n-ost media conference in Moscow, we dared to take on this balancing act. Two weeks following elections to the Russian Duma, we invited over hundred European media representatives to be a part of a larger conversation about Russia and a fragmenting Europe.