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!
The rule of law On the 24th June Depo looked at Turkey's judiciary and how it is generally perceived within Turkey, looking into both the bases for the present perceptions and their recent evolution. Suavi Aydın and Berke Özenç subsequently assessed what impact these perceptions have upon social confidence and the ways in which people in Turkey lead their lives. Watch the video highlights!
Liberties in literature and expression From the 4th-6th June, an array of European literature houses came together in London. In the course of their meeting Free Word opened their doors to members of the public for debates on the role of literature houses in sustaining freedom of expression and the changing dynamic of the relationship between authors and their readers. Listen to the recordings!
Whose information? With online media increasingly playing a role in both our professional and social lives, Free Word invited a young audience to take a look at the role which surveillance has to play in our online interactions. What do young Brits think about state surveillance, privacy and the choices we all make about sharing our personal data online? Watch the video highlights!
Democraticisation or distraction? Is e-democracy an innovation or a regression? Do online voting tools and the new opportunities offered by social media actually help us to become more politically proactive or, in that they offer us to many ready made solutions, do they encourage a new passivity which is damaging political participation? Coolpolitics investigates. Read more!
Under pressure? What has been the impact of our 24 hour lifestyle upon the development of modern science and politics? Coolpolitics look at our fading trust for all things official and ask if the question doesn't perhaps lie in the pressure for results which we put upon our public figures. Watch the video highlights!
Losing faith? What impact has the emergence of new online media alternatives had on public perceptions of traditional media outlets? Coolpolitics looked at public perceptions of both new and old media and investigated the role of trust in the changing landscapes of modern journalism. Watch the video highlights!
Freedom of expression In this Red House debate a selection of concerned parties look at the results of the recent AEJ survey on Bulgarian press freedoms, seeking both the causes of the present situation and looking at how things could be improved in the future. [Read the report!]
Russian Futures And what about the future of Russia? Will public dissatisfaction with widespread corruption and the fallibility of key institutes suffice to bring about change or are reactionary mentalities so ingrained and distrust of modernity so prevalent that the near future will continue to mirror much of the country's recent past? The Sakharov Centre takes a closer look at the political dynamics determining sentiment in Russia today. Watch the video highlights!
Contemporary debating Is it time to talk? discusses the merits of debating in the present climate, asking what the obstacles to effective debating are and what needs to be done to overcome them and the ensure the efficacy of our future approaches: a discussion of polarisation, accessibility and engagement. [video highlights]
A list of past and forthcoming Time to Talk debates
EU Expansion What sort of prospects does European Union membership still have to offer, are countries on the European fringe still casting envious glances in our direction or are they starting to look elsewhere? Representatives from Switzerland and Turkey discuss their countries changing attitudes to the EU. [video highlights]