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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Do we need them or would we be better off without them? What are taboos and why do they exist? Do they actually play useful roles in our societies or do they help maintain anachronisms and harm our ability to live together in harmony? Free Word, Fritt Ord and Index on Censorship investigate in a discussion which asks "taboos: what's the point?". Watch the recording!
Elections under dictatorship Andrei Sannikov has enjoyed both the highs and the lows of an illustrious career in Belarus. In 2010, he campaigned to become the country's next president and was promptly imprisoned post-election for his protests against perceived electoral fraud. Here, on the occasion of the release of his memoirs, he talks to ARTICLE 19 about his life, poitics in Belarus and the impact of international pressure on wayward regimes. Read more!
Splendid isolation? With the issue causing divisions in the government and polls suggesting that the referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union is currently too close to call, Talk Real visited London to look both at the referendum itself and at its implications for the rest of Europe.Watch the recording!
Democratise or disintegrate? On the 8th February 2016, Talk Real hosted a special webshow, featuring Lorenzo Marsili, Marisa Matias, Valentina Orazzini, Sławomir Sierakowski and Yanis Varoufakis. On the eve of DiEM 25's launch, this debate looked at European fragmentation and chances for a new Europe.Watch Talk Real's debate and DiEM 25's launch!
The way forward This year's Lector in Fabula festival will look at the future of politics and feature a special series of debates organised in cooperation with Eurozine and set to be live streamed on Time to Talk. Visit the page to find out more about this year's festival, those special Eurozine debates and the live streams. Watch the recordings!
In the shadows of power Masha Gessen speaks to the BBC broadcaster and former Moscow Bureau journalist Lucy Ash about her activism and writing. A discussion about protest, Pussy Riot, Putin, Stalinist deportations and the Tsarnaev brothers. Listen to the recording!
Presidential elections Three days before the Ukrainian presidential elections, the Bratislava Institute of Humanism brought together a series of Slovakian experts to discuss the present state of the nation. Read more!
Ukrainian pluralism Ukraine: Thinking Together looked back at the last six months in the Ukraine, the historical origins of recent events, how these happenings fit into European traditions of protest and what lessons can be drawn from Yanukovych's downfall and all that has transpired since then. See the lectures!