A matter of opinion? Populism is the word on everyone's lips, be it for describing Brexit, Trump or the AfD, but what about left wing parties like Podemos & SYRIZA and politicians like Macron and the many mainstream copycat proponents of "a new direction"? What is populism & why do some populisms get better press than others?
New European narratives De Balie honour the memory of Isaiah Berlin and speak to Philipp Blom and Kalypso Nicolaïdis about the future of Europe. Is empathy between nations key and what might encourage people to engage in the European project? Watch the video!
What can be done to protect the free press? Index on Censorship launched the Mapping Media Freedom project with a discussion about the pressures journalists face throughout Europe. Focussing on increased political tensions, this discussion looks at the extent of the problems journalists are confronted with and asks what can be done to improve the situation.
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How to stop the regression of democracy? Belgrade's CZKd hosted an international meeting on the regression of democracy in Europe. With representatives of recent social movements and protests, this meeting looked at the methods, ideas, programmes, experiences, chances and obstacles in the fight to build a stronger front for democracy.
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What can memory mean for the future? Memorial host Marianne Hirsch for a discussion of the ways that institutions and individuals approach memory, looking at contemporary and historical practice and asking what changes in the approaches adopted could mean for society going forwards.
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Getting themselves heard? This Poland for Beginner's debate takes a look at expatriate and minority media in Poland, asking how much of a voice diasporas and their media have in Polish society. Are they excluded from the official picture of the country or increasingly becoming part of the way it is understood at home and abroad.
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The Soviet woman With laws on domestic violence topping the Duma's to do list, Memorial host Wendy Goldman to look back at the history of women's liberation in 20th century Russia. How did early Soviet reformers envisage womanhood, how many of their ideals were they able to realise and what has the legacy of these reforms been?
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Our fate in his hands? Starting off with an unusual proposal, De Balie look at the fate of Europe in a blockbuster election year with Ivan Krastev and Luiza Bialasiewicz. How could the Trump effect save us from our own new right and where will the EU stand at the end of 2017?Watch the video!
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!
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!