House Description The civic association Project Forum promotes open dialogue about the biggest questions concerning Europe and, in particular, the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Read more!
Project Forum, Bratislava
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!
From one extreme to another? In the 90s, people in the Eastern Bloc looked West as they emerged from the Soviet sphere. Through shock therapy or more gradual methods, most new or reemergent nations liberalised, privatised & deregulated during what came to be known as the transition. How has this impacted upon politics and its perception in the region and do we now stand at the end of the new order, less than three decades after its inception? Watch the video highlights!
On freedom, defamation and agitation Project Forum look at free speech in Central Europe and the very different scenarios in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. A discussion about the slow and legal process of bringing a country's media scene under state control and the free speech/hate speech dilemma in a time of right wing revival. Watch the video highlights!
The following page provides access to recordings from all of the main debates at the seventh annual Central European Forum in November 2015. Watch the recordings!
Sowing the seeds of confusion The Central European Forum is back in its seventh installment and in 2015 the speakers are looking at disinformation and the way that it's seeming infiltration of reporting is affecting the way we perceive the world around us. A weekend looking at propaganda, memory, media manipulation, Russia and the West. Watch the recordings!
These pages contain recordings from Project Forum’s 2014 edition of the Central European Forum, taken over a three day period in November. 2014’s CEF was entitled Us and Them and focussed on emerging divisions between and within European states, looking at the fragmentation of society, the crisis in Ukraine and the attitudes of today’s generation in regard to the actions of their parents in 1989. Watch the videos!
Fault lines 2014's CEF focussed on the concept of "us and them", on 25 years of post-communism in the former Eastern bloc and on emerging societal divisions. Participants came together to discuss a quarter century of freedom and the challenges our societies have to face as we look to the future. Watch the recordings!
Civic democracy While pluralism has become widely accepted in Central Europe, democratic institutions have suffered a rapid decline and a significant loss of credibility. Following Karel Schwarzenberg's observation that “this will never be the West”, we ask whether we are witnessing the emergence of a specific Central European representative democracy? Watch the video highlights!
Political Honesty In a time of European crisis the Central European Forum looks at the work of Václav Havel and aks where the rising tide of hatred in our societies is coming from, what role aggressive modern variants of populism are playing in this process and how we can stay true to the core values of love and truth.
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Civic Participation Project Forum asked if it is viable to speak of a European public, what price we are willing to pay for the European Union’s unity and whether the EU's institutions are legitimate? This debate wondered whether it was once more the case that the powerful rule and the weaker obey and what real influence the European voter has nowadays? Read more!