The beginning of the end? As the Greek and migrant questions have led to discord, borders have closed and European leaders have, at times, appeared unable to come to a common accord, leading some to talk of the European Union's impedending collapse. De Balie ask Ivan Krastev and Paul Scheffer how much substance this talk has and where the EU should go from here. Watch the recording!
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!
Moved on...? In the wake of the Paris attacks and the migrant crisis, The Red House asks where the limits of European solidarity lie. Do we lack solidarity or are we overwhelmed by conflicting solidarities? And, now that we've moved on to the next crises, are we really still interested in the fates of Ukraine and Greece? Watch the video highlights!
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!
These pages contain recordings from Project Forum’s 2014 edition of the Central European Forum, taken over a three day period in November. 2014’s CEF was entitled Us and Them and focussed on emerging divisions between and within European states, looking at the fragmentation of society, the crisis in Ukraine and the attitudes of today’s generation in regard to the actions of their parents in 1989. Watch the videos!
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!
Fault lines 2014's CEF focussed on the concept of "us and them", on 25 years of post-communism in the former Eastern bloc and on emerging societal divisions. Participants came together to discuss a quarter century of freedom and the challenges our societies have to face as we look to the future. Watch the recordings!
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!
Presidential elections Three days before the Ukrainian presidential elections, the Bratislava Institute of Humanism brought together a series of Slovakian experts to discuss the present state of the nation. Read more!
Ukrainian pluralism Ukraine: Thinking Together looked back at the last six months in the Ukraine, the historical origins of recent events, how these happenings fit into European traditions of protest and what lessons can be drawn from Yanukovych's downfall and all that has transpired since then. See the lectures!
Societal Reform Southern Europe is feeling the pinch of austerity measures enforced from above and society appears to be becoming dominated by increasingly well connected financial elites. There are, however, new organisations emerging which show potential solutions to our developing socio-economic concerns.