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!
What is European culture and what does it mean to us? From the 1st to the 3rd June, Amsterdam will host its first Forum on European Culture. This first installment, Re:Creating Europe, looks at what culture means to Europeans and what it can do for Europe. Join us in Amsterdam to explore creative Europe in a series of discussions, performances and exhibitions. Read more!
A fragmenting continent? Lately, every new election seems to bring a "shock" result for the right, with parties with views commonly considered to be extreme becoming real political competitors from France to Poland and from Sweden to Italy. This Time to Talk debate with Chantal Mouffe, Gilles Kepel and Phillip Blom asks what is behind this apparent move to the right and whether we should be concerned. Read more!
What is Europe? While many refugees fled to Europe in 2015, seeking sanctuary within its liberal democracies, many of these same democracies today find themselves in decline, with one of their head's openly speaking of his desire to create an "illiberal state". How has this situation come about, what can we do about it and what does Europe stand for nowadays? Read more!
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. Video highlights coming soon!
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. Watch the video highlights!
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!