deBuren

House Description deBuren is a space where listening and speaking are both equally aspired to. From the heart of Brussels, deBuren offers a forum for discussing the art, culture, societies and politics of both the Low Countries and of Europe as a whole.
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15.11.2017

Good populism, bad populism?

An Institute of Ideas & deBuren Battle satellite

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?
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22.11.2016

Brexit: a victory for democracy or fact-free politics?

A de Buren & Institute of Ideas affiliate debate

The will of the people? Populism, post-factual politics or taking back control? de Buren and the Institute of Ideas look at the conduct and the conclusion of the Brexit referendum in this Battle of Ideas satellite debate, asking whether the British people have got what they want or been sold down the river and what it all means for the future of democracy.
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25.05.2016

Social Europe: a progressive utopia or a bitter necessity?

A deBuren & Poliargus TTT debate

Social security as stimulus? Suggestions for the salvation of the European Economic and Monetary Union are throwing up some surprises, with proposals for a European minimum wage and union-wide unemployment benefits now being taken seriously. To find out why and how feasible such ideas are, join Siman Abdi, Anton Hemerijck, Frank Vandenbroucke & Tom Vrijens.
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19.04.2016

What are the merits of economic contraction, is degrowth the way forward? The pros and cons of economic growth

A deBuren TTT debate

Beyond GDP With the primacy of economic growth coming into dispute, people are looking for alternative models, among them degrowth. deBuren look at the pros and cons of growth and degrowth, asking whether the prioritisation of economic growth is harmful for our societies and environment and what the implementation of a degrowth influenced economic policy would look like. Watch the video highlights!

12.11.2014

The vote against the EU: populism or protest?

A deBuren and Institute of Ideas affiliate debate

Here to stay? The European elections of 2014 sent shockwaves through the European political establishment. deBuren and the Institute of Ideas ask, what significance should be apportioned to these results and how we should perceive the parties involved - how are we to interprete the results of the elections, as populism, protest, a soon to be forgotten blip or the start of something new? Read more!

21.10.2014

Europe and the crisis in the Ukrainian Republic

A deBuren TTT debate

Good neighbours? The recent crisis has highlighted the conflict of interests caused by Russian resurgence and the EU's expansion in the East. In the run-up to the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, deBuren asked how capable the EU really is of guaranteeing stability, not just internally, but also on its borders, and what, if any, meaning international treaties retain in lieu of the means and will to reinforce them. Watch the video highlights!

30.01.2013

Forgotten Kingdoms

A deBuren affiliate debate

Superpowers In Norman Davies' new book about the hidden history of Europe, forgotten superpowers are analysed. In discussion with Luuk van Middelaar, deBuren gave the author the chance to extrapolate his findings into the present day, adjudging our present political superstructures according to the standards proved by the past.
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29.11.2012

The European dream in times of crisis

A deBuren TTT debate

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.
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01.02.2012

Between reason and religion

A deBuren TTT debate

Integration The well known Islamic Philosopher Tariq Ramadan discusses the integration of Muslims within Western societies and the ramification of the Arab Spring. How will it change the relationship between the West and the Middle East and what does it mean for European Muslims?
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31.01.2012

An evening of indignation

A deBuren TTT debate

Political Unrest As frustration builds in the wake of the financial crisis, more and more people are taking to the streets to voice their frustrations. How should we perceive these outbursts, are they the start of something new which will change our understanding of politics or more ephemera whose longevity is to be doubted?
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