27.02.2017

Erdoğan – the new father of Turkey?

A De Balie affiliate debate
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Dictator-in-waiting or man of the people? De Balie look at Erdoğan's rise to power and discuss Turkey's future under his leadership after a year full of turmoil. In the midst of regional conflict, is Turkey now on its way to becoming a dictatorship or is Erdoğan the new father of the people and a figure of stability in troubled times?
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06.02-13.03.2017

The Barcelona debate: old Europe, new utopias

A CCCB affiliate series of talks
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Towards a new Europe With a succession of crises and an ageing population, Europe can feel like it has seen better days. With this series CCCB looks for Europe's new utopias, asking what we can learn from our past achievements and how we can establish new ones moving forwards.
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18.01.2017

Dressing to oppress: why dress codes and freedom clash

An Index on Censorship affiliate debate
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Sartorial censorship This discussion considers why some governments ban or enforce particular types of clothing at times when they are insecure or fearful. It looks at the the impact which such approaches have had and the ways in which people have sought to counter these attempts at censorship.
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13.01.2017

Democracy in Europe: Hungary

A De Balie affiliate debate
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Illiberal democracy De Balie start the new year and their Democracy in Europe series by looking at Hungary. With, amongst others, the Princeton scholar Kim Lane Scheppele, they analyse recent anti-democratic developments in Hungary and ask what lessons can be learnt from these developments in other European states. Watch the recording!

29.11-02.12.2016

Aktionstage: refugees – migration – democracy

A multipartner associate symposium
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Forwards through adversity The influx of newcomers to Europe's shores overwhelmed many states and threw our politics into disarray, but, where states failed, civil society often stepped into the breach. How can we learn from the actions of the past year and historical examples to ensure that civil action strengthens our democracies going forwards?
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22.11.2016

Brexit: a victory for democracy or fact-free politics?

A de Buren & Institute of Ideas affiliate debate
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The will of the people? Populism, post-factual politics or taking back control? de Buren and the Institute of Ideas look at the conduct and the conclusion of the Brexit referendum in this Battle of Ideas satellite debate, asking whether the British people have got what they want or been sold down the river and what it all means for the future of democracy.
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11-17.11.2016

CEF 2016: antidotes to despair

A Project Forum discussion forum
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Beyond placebos The 2016 edition of the Central European Forum looked for antidotes to despair in a region staggering under the weight of anti-democratic sentiment. How can we deal with the variety of nihilisms with which we find ourselves confronted and what must we do to ensure that our liberal democracies adapt to the many challenges posed by globalisation?
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01.11.2016

Redefining foreign correspondence

An Index on Censorship and London Press Club affiliate debate
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An endangered species? With diminishing budgets, the foreign correspondent is rapidly becoming a rare beast. Index on Censorship & the London Press Club host a series of (ex) foreign correspondents and ask what future the role has and what new models are emerging.
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22-23.10.2016

Battle of Ideas 2016: free speech allowed

An Institute of Ideas affiliate festival
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Out of the echo chamber This year's Battle of Ideas focuses on free speech, but looks at a myriad of different areas from Brexit and Trump through to coups in Brazil and Turkey and tensions in and with Eastern Europe. Join 400-plus speakers in London's Barbican for a debating festival of considerable breadth, which demands that its audiences challenge and be challenged! Watch the recordings!