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 origins of the modern world? The CCCB welcomes Liah Greenfeld to Barcelona for a discussion about the relationship between the consolidation of nations, the governance of peoples and the good functioning of democracy. What influence has nationalism had on the development of modern states and does it still have a role to play in a globalised world?
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A fragmenting continent? Lately, every new election seems to bring a "shock" result for the right, with parties with views commonly considered to be extreme becoming real political competitors from France to Poland and from Sweden to Italy. This TTT debate with Chantal Mouffe, Gilles Kepel and Phillip Blom asks what is behind this apparent move to the right and whether we should be concerned. Watch the recording!
Common wealth? Italian revolutionary philosopher Antonio Negri speaks in Warsaw on social models and the commons, critiquing the current state of affairs and proposing his own models for empowering the multitudes and overcoming the power of capital. Watch the extended video highlights!
Disillusionment The Red House kicks off its cycle of debates looking back at 25 years of post-communism with a debate on social equality. Comparing the situations in Poland and Bulgaria, this debate asks, whether the present situation was inevitable and looks at the way forward - how can Bulgaria ensure social equality for the next generation? Watch the video highlights!
Europe and the world What is Europe's role in the world today? How is it perceived abroad and what relationships does it have with the emerging powers of the 21st century. The European Cultural Foundation, Tilburg University and De Balie present the results of this important debate via Time to Talk. [audio recordings]
Responsibility and Citizenship As we approached the European Year of Citizens, Felix Meritis asked participants in the Amsterdam Conversation 2012 what role citizens had to play in a future Europe. Later, the abstraction of the financial industry and financial products were discussed, with the hope of preventing future crises like the one we are presently experiencing.
Environment What is the future of the European dream in these testing times? Is it time to wake up or is there still cause for hope. Jeremy Rifkin discusses the prospects for Europe going forward, providing an American perspective to the many challenges facing the European project.