23.04.2014

Computer says no

A Coolpolitics debate
Under weather

Democraticisation or distraction? Is e-democracy an innovation or a regression? Do online voting tools and the new opportunities offered by social media actually help us to become more politically proactive or, in that they offer us to many ready made solutions, do they encourage a new passivity which is damaging political participation? Coolpolitics investigates.
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23.04.2014

The power of trust

A Coolpolitics debate
The power of trust

Under pressure? What has the been impact of our 24 hour lifestyle upon the development of modern science and politics? Coolpolitics look at our fading trust for all things official and ask if the question doesn't perhaps lie in the pressure for results which we put upon our public figures.
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10.04.2014

In the EU we (mis)trust – on the road to the EU elections

An ECF/De Balie co-operative debate
In the EU we (mis)trust

The way forward? What is the way forward for the EU? Should we be moving closer together or further apart? At a time in which many distrust the union, ECF and De Balie took a look at what is likely to be on our political horizon in the coming election year.
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24.03.2014

Trust & the media: who do you believe?

A Free Word debate
Young People and the Media, image courtesy of Fran Plowright

Perceptions of youth How are young people portrayed in traditional media, how often do they get to have their own say and how is the emergence of alternative media altering their perception within society and their ability to make themselves heard? Free Word looks at perceptions of youth and how these are changing with the new interactive platforms which the internet has brought to the fore. Watch the video!

29.11.2013

The Amsterdam Conversation 2013

A Felix Meritis debate
EU Parliament

The disintegration of democratic infrastructure The Amsterdam Conversation 2013 analysed the mistrust in European democratic institutions and the future of the union and it's subsidiary units. With 2013's discussions and workshops adressing pressing questions, Felix Meritis looked towards 2014's European elections in its annual Amsterdam Conversation.
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17.11.2013

Give citizenship a chance

A Project Forum debate
CEF 2013

Civic democracy While pluralism has become widely accepted in Central Europe, democratic institutions have suffered a rapid decline and a significant loss of credibility. Following Karel Schwarzenberg's observation that “this will never be the West”, we ask whether we are witnessing the emergence of a specific Central European representative democracy?
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14.10.2013

Free speech: should there be limits?

An Agora CE and Institute of Ideas debate
Free Speech logo

Freedom of speech Theoretically democratic institutions defend our right to free expression, yet there are an increasing amount of clausal restrictions on what we can say. How freely can we express ourselves nowadays, are the restrictions that are in place well founded and who should determine what we are allowed to say in public?
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25.06.2013

Freedom of speech within the Bulgarian press

A Red House debate
BulgMedia3

Freedom of expression In this Red House debate a selection of concerned parties look at the results of the recent AEJ survey on Bulgarian press freedoms, seeking both the causes of the present situation and looking at how things could be improved in the future.
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