How social is PiS? Kickstarting the new Poland for Beginner's discussion series, Law and Justice's welfare state looks at the Polish government's social policy and asks how what their policies actually have to offer. Are they really catering to the folk or are their policies just the social icing on the ballot box cake?
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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? Watch the recording!
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. Watch the recordings!
Whither Europe? Post-Brexit Europe continues to find itself threatened by a return to nationalist sentiment. This debate looks at anti-European rhetoric and asks both how it can be countered and whether it in fact offers any alternatives to European democracy. Watch the video highlights!
Towards a new transition? In times of change, what is the future of political cooperation in Europe? Kultura Liberalna ask whether the European Union can continue to consolidate or whether it will instead disintegrate - do we need more, less or a different Europe? Watch the video highlights!
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. Listen to the recording!
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!
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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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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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? Watch the recordings!
The dynamics of change Depo take a look at the EU crisis from a Turkish perspective, relating it to a global transition and asking what forms this takes in Europe and how it affects relationships between states, regions and social classes. Watch the video highlights!
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. Listen to the recording!