A woman's place? Krytyka Polityczna kickstart their Poland for beginners series with a look at gender and diversity and the origins of mainstream political gender discourse within Poland today. Join Agnieszka Graff as she traces the origins of the anti-gender campaign, looking at Poland's ban on abortion, accession to the EU and the rise of the Polish right. Recordings coming soon!
The state of tomorrow Kultura Liberalna host a discussion looking at the future of the state. In a time in which states are increasingly looking weak, yet simultaneously are becoming expected to do more and more, the guests look at Western examples - both good and bad - and ask what is possible for the Polish state and how it can be realistically reformed to meet the challenges of the future. Video highlights coming soon!
A question of maturity In light of the recent Scottish referendum, the Free Word Centre takes a closer look at the UK's voting age and asks, whether we should all trust 16 year olds with suffrage? With participants from the British Youth Council, the Labour party and various youth representative establishments, this debate assesses the viability of the vote for 16 to 18 year olds and its implications. Video highlights coming soon!
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 teaser!
Fact or fiction? Depo take a closer look at the Turkish media and its role in society and politics. With Esra Arsan, Sevda Alankuş and Umut Alphan, they look at the way the media has covered key recent events, such as the Gezi park protests and the 17th December processes, and consider how trust for traditional media sources has deteriorated. Watch the video highlights!
Us and them In the third of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House looks at the distrust of institutions and figures of authority that is becoming imbedded in Bulgarian society. Looking at how the situation has developed, The Red House finds itself asking how the process of transition has destroyed trust and if it's still possible to achieve change in its absence? Video highlights coming soon!
Here to stay? The European elections of 2014 sent shockwaves through the European political establishment. deBuren and the Institute of Ideas ask, what significance should be apportioned to these results and how we should perceive the parties involved - how are we to interprete the results of the elections, as populism, protest, a soon to be forgotten blip or the start of something new? Video highlights coming soon!
Back to the drawing board? In the second of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House compares the status of the media in communist Bulgaria with that of its present incarnation. Assessing their levels of independence and the bases of their content, this debate asks, whether the present situation is really any better than that of 1989 and how to ensure that it improves in the future. Video highlights coming soon!
Disillusionment The Red House kicks off its cycle of debates looking back at 25 years of post-communism with a debate on social equality. Comparing the situations in Poland and Bulgaria, this debate asks, whether the present situation was inevitable and looks at the way forward - how can Bulgaria ensure social equality for the next generation? Video highlights coming soon!
Progress? How does the Czech education system look twenty five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union? Agora CE invites specialists to look at the pros and cons of the national system, asking questions about the current direction, alternatives and appeal; do students, both abroad and at home, have faith in the Czech system and what can be done to improve it?
Video highlights coming soon!
A failed experiment...? Kultura Liberalna tackles the problem of a re-emergent European right, looking at the status of multiculturalism in Europe and asking what steps we need to take to emerge from the fear of the other, which seems to presently be retaking much of the continent. Has multiculturalism failed and what is the future of migration in Europe? Video highlights coming soon!
The blame game Kultura Liberalna asked how to tackle youth unemployment and resolve the crisis of trust in our labour markets. With high profile speakers, including Peter Szumlewicz and Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, this debate sought to analyse where the problems really lie in today's economic malaise and how these can be overcome to provide us all with a brighter future. Video highlights coming soon!