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October 2017

Time to Talk open letter in support of Osman Kavala
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On November 1st, the leading Turkish cultural figure, Osman Kavala, was charged with trying to overthrow the Turkish government. Here, Time to Talk members and their organisations offer their support and call on European politicians and media platforms to ensure that he receives a fair and transparent trial.
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What is liberalism?
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Liberalism has many faces, but all seem to have come into the firing line of late, why is this and what does it mean to be a liberal in the twenty-first century? Is there a growing disenchantment with economically liberal ideas, with the concept of liberalism itself or are we witnessing infighting within liberalism?
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Is there a culture war against populism?
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What are populists and why do some populists get tarred with the populist brush while others receive a more enthusiastic reception? Are populist movements morbid symptoms of a dying political order or the first signs of a democratic renewal? And, should we celebrate rather than criticise their efforts to overturn our top-down systems?
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Battle of Ideas 2017
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The Battle of Ideas is back for another festival of provocative and challenging debate. This year, the Barbican Centre awaits visitors with an action-packed weekend featuring more than a hundred debates on diverse themes.
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A crisis of liberalism? A conversation with Ognyan Minchev
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Why are European voters turning away from the traditional political representatives of mainstream liberalism? And, what has led some of the former Eastern bloc's foremost proponents of liberal democracy to start taking a more critical stance on the EU and European elites?
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Revolution or resistance?
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CCCB invites speakers to contemplate the concept of revolution from a contemporary European perspective. Is revolution still an engine of liberation for societies in the Western world or are we now at the stage where resistance can be seen as the better strategy, if we are to defend the social advances of the last century?
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