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. Read more!
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. Read more!
Losing faith? What impact has the emergence of new online media alternatives had on public perceptions of traditional media outlets? Coolpolitics look at public perceptions of both new and old media and investigates the role trust in the changing landscapes of modern journalism. Video coming soon!
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. Watch the video!
Social insecurities and security politics Depo looks at Istanbul's security politics and what sort of impact it has upon levels of institutional trust and personal confidence within Turkish society. Video coming soon!
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!
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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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?
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? Read more!
New Member Institute Time to Talk is proud to announce the network membership of the distinguished Polish cultural journal, Kultura Liberalna. Time to Talk welcomes Kultura Liberalna
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. [video coming soon!]
Europe and the world What is Europe's role in the world today? How is it perceived abroad and what relationships does it have with the emerging powers of the 21st century. The European Cultural Foundation, Tilburg University and De Balie present the results of this important debate via Time to Talk. [audio recordings]