Freiblickinstitut, Berlin

The Freiblickinstitut
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Berlin's Freiblickinstitut is dedicated to the dissemination of public debates and the preservation of the humanist ideals of freedom and progress. Started in 2014 on the basis of its founding members' Freedom Manifesto, the institute strives to uphold the legacy of the Enlightenment and to provide open debates on the big issues of our time.
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Free speech now? How much freedom of expression can we tolerate?
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Satirists and populists both employ deliberately offensive phraseology to make their points, but, while the efforts of the one group are often extolled, those of the other come in for consistent criticism. What really differentiates the two approaches and where should we draw the line?
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Do we need economic growth?
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Since the financial crisis of 2007-2008, there has been much talk about our economic models, with the pre-crisis prioritisation of growth coming into disrepute. This Freiblick debate asks whether we still need economic growth and what the positive arguments for its continued retention would be.
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Should euthanasia be legalised?
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In Germany, the Bundestag is looking into a reform of the legislation on euthanasia, leading to a heated debate on the pros and cons of assisted suicide. Should we have the right to determine when we want to die or are there too many circumstances in which any law allowing assisted suicide could be exploited to harm the vulnerable and the ill?
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Is solidarity in Europe fading?
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The nationalist right is on the up and negative headlines make the running, and yet, polls show that support for the EU is recovering and spontaneous displays of consensus in matters such as the Charlie Hebdo assassinations bear witness to our continued ability to empathise and to work together. How then to reconcile these seeming contradictions, is solidarity fading or are we merely witnessing a series of fraternal disputes?
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