Beyond placebos The 2016 edition of the Central European Forum looked for antidotes to despair in a region staggering under the weight of anti-democratic sentiment. How can we deal with the variety of nihilisms with which we find ourselves confronted and what must we do to ensure that our liberal democracies adapt to the many challenges posed by globalisation? Watch the recordings!
Civil action for a reinvigoration of the Republic Krytyka Polityczna's 3rd annual Jacek Kuroń Festival will cast light on the crisis of contemporary democracy, looking at its causes and ways to empower civil society groups to help bring us out of it. As always, the festival will also feature a series of events dedicated to remembering the work and the message of the festival's patron, Jacek Kuroń. Watch the video highlights!
The sacrificial lamb? As geopolitical interests converge, Russia has been begrudgingly accepted back into the international fold. But what of the forgotten shadow war in Eastern Europe? Could conflict in the Middle East and its knock on effect in terms of immigration to Europe lead to a favourable compromise for Russia in the Donbass region and the Crimea? Watch the recordings!
Democratise or disintegrate? On the 8th February 2016, Talk Real hosted a special webshow, featuring Lorenzo Marsili, Marisa Matias, Valentina Orazzini, Sławomir Sierakowski and Yanis Varoufakis. On the eve of DiEM 25's launch, this debate looked at European fragmentation and chances for a new Europe.Watch Talk Real's debate and DiEM 25's launch!
Sowing the seeds of confusion The Central European Forum is back in its seventh installment and in 2015 the speakers are looking at disinformation and the way that it's seeming infiltration of reporting is affecting the way we perceive the world around us. A weekend looking at propaganda, memory, media manipulation, Russia and the West. Watch the recordings!
Solidarity in times of division The second Jacek Kuroń Festival took place in an extended format and with a special focus on solidarity in times of division. Featuring distinguished speakers from around the world, the festival's strong point lay in socio-political debates, but there was a wide spectrum of accompanying events, including film screenings, discovery walks, open seminars and critical art. Listen to the recording!
A look forward Krytyka Polityczna welcome Slavoj Žižek to Warsaw as they ask - what does Europe want? A discussion between the well-known Slovenian academician and cultural critic and Krytyka Polityczna's very own political commentator, Sławomir Sierakowski. Watch the recording!
Growing pains From the 28th-31st August, activists from across the region came together to discuss the concept of Central Eastern Europe, its development in the last twenty-five years and the actions, which they and their groups could look at undertaking to further improve the region - a meeting about regional characteristics, transition and the end of post-communism. Watch the video highlights!