On freedom, defamation and agitation Project Forum look at free speech in Central Europe and the very different scenarios in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. A discussion about the slow and legal process of bringing a country's media scene under state control and the free speech/hate speech dilemma in a time of right wing revival. Read more!
Social security as stabiliser? With the European Economic and Monetary Union under pressure, suggestions for its salvation are throwing up some surprises, with proposals for a European minimum wage and union-wide unemployment benefits now being taken seriously. To find out why and how feasible such ideas are, join Anton Hemerijck and Frank Vandenbroucke in Brussels. Read more!
Consensus and other constraints Be it through hacking iPhones, gagging state media or enforcing politicised consensuses, lately, the actions of both governments and non-state actors have led to increasing concerns about the state of freedom of expression in Europe. Join Claire Fox, Miklos Haraszti and Agnieszka Holland for a discussion about free speech and censorship in Europe today. Read more!
Behind the wall Award winning young Russian author Alisa Ganieva speaks to the Queen's Gold Medal poet Imtiaz Dharker and BBC journalist Kirsty Lang about her work and life, politics, culture and language in the Russian Republic of Dagestan. Listen to the recording!
Beyond GDP With the primacy of economic growth coming into dispute, people are looking for alternative models, among them degrowth. deBuren look at the pros and cons of growth and degrowth, asking whether the prioritisation of economic growth is harmful for our societies and environment and what the implementation of a degrowth influenced economic policy would look like. Video highlights coming soon
Have we outgrown growth? 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. Recordings come soon!
Elections under dictatorship Andrei Sannikov has enjoyed both the highs and the lows of an illustrious career in Belarus. In 2010, he campaigned to become the country's next president and was promptly imprisoned post-election for his protests against perceived electoral fraud. Here, on the occasion of the release of his memoirs, he talks to ARTICLE 19 about his life, poitics in Belarus and the impact of international pressure on wayward regimes. Read more!
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!
Rethinking economics Climate change awareness has moved on leaps and bounds this millenium, but our lifestyles continue to be fossil fuelled, our foodstuffs unsustainably harvested and our companies focused on destructive models of wealth and resource extraction. What impact are these approaches having and how can we respond to form an economically sound and socially justifiable future beneficial to us all? 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!
Away from boom and bust As whispers about the next economic crash grow louder, The Red House looks at the degrowth movement and its potential as an alternative to today's consumerist, profit-based economies. Video highlights coming soon!
Splendid isolation? With the issue causing divisions in the government and polls suggesting that the referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union is currently too close to call, Talk Real visited London to look both at the referendum itself and at its implications for the rest of Europe.Watch the recording!