Joan Hoey
regional manager, Europe, Economist Intelligence Unit; editor, The Democracy Index

Joan is Regional Manager in the Europe team at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the business information arm of The Economist Group. She specialises in the politics and economics of Greece, the Balkans and Eastern Europe; political development and political risk; country risk; geopolitics; democracy; state-building; post-communist transition.

Joan is the Editor of the EIU’s flagship annual Democracy Index. The most recent edition, Democracy in an age of anxiety, was published in January 2016. Joan authored a special report for the BBC in January 2015, entitled Democracy on the Edge: Populism and Protest. Both reports, and previous editions of the Democracy Index, are freely available on the EIU website (


Sunday 23 October, 14.00 Frobisher 1-3
Eastern Menace: a new European culture war?