08.07.2016

Free speech now? How much freedom of expression can we tolerate?

A Freiblickinstitut Time to Talk debate
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Sticks and stones...? Satirists and populists both employ deliberately offensive phraseology to make their points, but, while the efforts of the one group are often extolled, those of the other come in for consistent criticism. What really differentiates the two approaches and should it be our duty to restrict speech considered likely to incite violence or is it more important to protect the principles of free speech from a culture of proscription? Read more!

28.05-25.06.2016

Jacek Kuroń Festival 2016

A Krytyka Polityczna festival (featuring TTT debates)
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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 highlights!

22.06.2016

Stories of each other: do we care?

An evening of stories, featuring a Free Word TTT debate
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Humanity on the move Free Word, in association with Counterpoint Arts, the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants & a fantastic cast of renowned international authors, presents an evening of discussion and stories, centred around newly arrived communities, the experience of leaving home and what happens to us when we arrive in a new place.
Video highlights coming soon!

16.06.2016

Should the UK leave the EU?

An Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition affiliate debate
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Stronger in or taking control? As the UK's EU referendum looms large, two groups of sixth formers come head to head. This debate sees students of Queens’ School & Havering College pushed to get to grips with the focal points of both the pro and anti EU campaigns while bringing in their own arguments for remaining in or leaving the EU.
Read more & listen to the podcast!

15.06.2016

Illiberal democracy: the future of freedom

A Free Word and Index on Censorship TTT debate
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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?
Video highlights coming soon!

14.06.2016

Does fiction have a stronger impact than journalism?

An Index on Censorship affiliate debate
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Fiction vs. journalism If folly and ignorance be the curse of mankind and all the world a stage, are plays or the press the best way to inform and and provide perspective? The Index on Censorship Big Debate at Leeds' Big Bookend Festival 2016 asks which medium has the most impact: fiction or journalism?
Listen to the recording!

07.06.2016

Is Europe taking a right turn?

A Time to Talk, IWM & Chumir Foundation Wiener Festwochen debate
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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 TTT 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. Watch the recording!

01-03.06.2016

Re: Creating Europe

A cultural forum from De Balie & DutchCulture
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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.
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31.05.2016

Against silence: on freedom of expression in Europe

A Time to Talk, IWM & Chumir Foundation Wiener Festwochen debate
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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. Watch the recording!

25.05.2016

Social Europe: a progressive utopia or a bitter necessity?

A deBuren & Poliargus TTT debate
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Social security as stimulus? Suggestions for the salvation of the European Economic and Monetary Union 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 Siman Abdi, Anton Hemerijck, Frank Vandenbroucke & Tom Vrijens.
Video highlights coming soon!