Affiliate Debates

A conversation with Thomas Piketty & Lodewijk Asscher
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How close are academic theory and political practice – which theories can actually be realised? This De Balie debate brings both sides of the coin together to discuss what needs to and what can be done to combat inequality in our societies.
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Global fascism and international cooperation amongst the far right
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In this Einstein Forum discussion, Mischa Gabowitsch talks to Benjamin Zachariah about the movement of ideas of fascism, how to pinpoint what fascism is and what the development of fascist ideologies can tell us about international cooperation between far right groups.
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Moral responses to the pandemic, with Susan Neiman & Frank Furedi
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In this Academy of Ideas and Freiblickinstitut debate, Frank Furedi and Susan Neiman take a look at the moral dilemmas emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, discussing its consequences for liberty, democracy and solidarity.
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Europe after the pandemic, with Ivan Krastev & Jordi Vaquer
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The coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact upon societies across the world. This CCCB debate looks at the possible aftermath of the pandemic, contemplating the consequences for Europe once the lockdown measures have faded and the economic crisis has kicked in.
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Complicity: why and when we chose to censor ourselves
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Index asks when we choose to self-censor, talking to journalists and academics about both the theoretical background and concrete cases where people have been complicit in sacrificing their rights to privacy, free spreech or a free press.
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Central European Forum 2019 – The public vs. fear
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The 10th Central European Forum casts a light on the legacy of the Velvet Revolution on its own 30th anniversary. Contrasting the different fears of then and now, this year's panels look at the impact of the pace of socio-economic change, climate change and divisive politics.
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Hungary in the EU
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This De Balie debate with the Hungarian minister of justice, Judit Varga, looks at the EU's critique of Orbán's government on the rule of law. With an Article 7 process against Hungary on the cards, can EU & Hungarian perspectives be reconciled?
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Extinction or progress? Visions of the future
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at peoples concerns about the future, be they economical or ecological, asking where our faith in progress has gone and what the pessimistic mood at large tells us about our society and self-confidence.
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The crisis of trust in institutions
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at falling levels of trust in our institutions, asking where this comes from and how we should respond to it. Should we welcome this new wave of scepticism or do we need faith in our institutions in order to maintain a functioning society?
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Who are “the establishment”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the idea of the establishment, asking whether we can still talk about an establishment today and, if we can, what does it look like and who is part of it - who exercises real power today and how?
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Who are “the people”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the concept of "the people", its relationship to democracy, its Brexit consequences and implications and what is seen by some as its dangerous usurpation by populists. Who are "the people" and why are we hearing so much about them lately?
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Brexit or “remain and reform”?
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This Battle of Ideas satellite debate looks at Brexit and the macropolitical level, using it as an inroad to a discussion on reforming the EU and for a contemplation of the impact of Brexit on the broader geopolitical situation internationally in an age of changing power constellations.
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