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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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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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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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Black Cloud – Kyiv Biennial 2019
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The 3rd Kyiv Biennial draws parallels between contemporary developments and the era-defining Chernobyl catastrophe, looking at at the legacy of the fall of socialism in the 80s and 90s and the emergence of a highly digitalised world of no alternatives.
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Social networks or social nightmares?
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Are social networks a force for good, a tool that enables exchange and the coming together of people across the world or do they pose one of the most serious threats we have seen to our societies and democratic values?
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Hope and Despair, Vienna Humanities Festival 2019
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The Vienna Humanities Festival returns for its fourth incarnation in September 2019, this time looking at the impact of multiple interlinked global crises upon the state of democracy and contemplating how we can plan for the continued pursuit of a progressive, democratic future.
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Believe it or not: crises of credibility
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Fake news, populism, the bubble: these expressions have become intrinsically associated with the current political era and frame our thinking in an era of uncertainty. Yet, what lies behind the rise in disingenuity and the collapse of universal public spheres and what can be done about it?
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Festival of Ideas on Europe
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The Red House co-hosts the first-ever Sofia Festival of Ideas, looking at Europe and our conceptualisations of it in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May. What has changed in the way we look at Europe and can we come up with new ideas to help restore confidence amidst ongoing turbulence?
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