Dr Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, Brussels. As an academic and think-tanker, she has researched the EU’s influence on societies and political systems during post-communist transition and through EU foreign policy. In policy, she worked on the Balkans and Turkey as political advisor to a European Commissioner. She is now an advocate for democracy, justice, rights and the open society. Heather has written extensively about the EU and the interaction between politics and society, most recently on how populism and technology are affecting political behaviour. She spoke at TEDx Brussels 2018 about the importance of critical thinking and mindful engagement with information in the age of post-truth politics.