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Is there a culture war against populism?
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What are populists and why do some populists get tarred with the populist brush while others receive a more enthusiastic reception? Are populist movements morbid symptoms of a dying political order or the first signs of a democratic renewal? And, should we celebrate rather than criticise their efforts to overturn our top-down systems?
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Battle of Ideas 2016: free speech allowed
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This year's Battle of Ideas focuses on free speech, but looks at a myriad of different areas from Brexit and Trump through to coups in Brazil and Turkey and tensions in and with Eastern Europe. Join 400-plus speakers in London's Barbican for a debating festival of considerable breadth, which demands that its audiences challenge and be challenged!
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Diversity: empowering some, silencing others?
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Does the current focus on diversity do more to divide than to unify societies? Join De Balie and the Institute of Ideas for this Battle of Ideas debate on the differences in our societies and how we think about politics and citizenship.
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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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Europe’s new far right: fear or fantasy?
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The National Front are resurgent in France, the English Defence League an emerging threat in the UK and Golden Dawn a rising force in Greece. How much of a threat are these groups in reality, is the so called "new European far-right" a serious concern or simply a serious exaggeration?
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European Spring?
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Is European politics starting to witness new forms of participation which could lead to a European equivalent of the recent Arab Spring or are we just seeing a rise in the superficial politics of populism? What is the reality of European politics today and how can we expect it to look in the future?
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The euro and the economy: the final countdown?
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What is myth and what is reality in the current European economic crisis? Are the solutions to be found in further federal integration, in renationalisation or in a North/South divide? More importantly, who should decide which of these options is ultimately adopted?
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Is Europe…boring?
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Europe is safe and still relatively prosperous, the largest economic unit in the world. One can travel throughout most of the continent untroubled, tourism is booming and the thought of conflict risible, however, is something missing, is Europe...boring?
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Battle of Ideas 2016: what is the truth about “post-factual politics”?
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On Sunday the 23rd October 2016, the Institute of Ideas and Newsweek held a debate on “post-factual politics”, asking what is the future of experts and whether their prominence doesn’t often remove some of the democratic accountability of decision-making. This debate formed part of the 2016 edition of the Battle of Ideas debates festival, which you can find more information…

Battle of Ideas 2016: the new populism
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On Saturday the 22nd October 2016, the Institute of Ideas discussed what is commonly described as the new populism, looking at how new movements are suddenly replacing traditional political parties throughout Europe and the US. This debate formed part of the 2016 edition of the Battle of Ideas debates festival, which you can find more information on via the links…

Is there a culture war on populism?
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Join Frank Furedi (Sociologist, Social Commentator & Author), David Goodhart (Journalist, Author & Head of Demography at Policy Exchange) and Elif Shafak (Political Commentator & award-winning Novelist) for a debate on what populism is and why some populisms are more equal than others. Should we understand the rise of populism as a challenge to our elites’ top-down values or a…