The human face of radicalisation Extremism of all shades is becoming an increasing problem in Europe and home grown jihadism is no exception. With more than 4,000 European fighters estimated to be active in Syria/Iraq, people are asking what motivates them to leave their homes for a war zone. To find out, join Free Word, Deeyah Khan and a series of Islamic experts on extremism. Listen to the recording!
What aren't we talking about? Every society has its own taboos. In some countries their discussion is legally restricted, in others merely disapproved of. From menstruation to religion, censorship and tradition affect what we are able to and what we want to discuss. Listen to Index as they break taboos and discuss the unacceptable, looking at how this varies depending on where and who we are. Listen to the recording!
Survival of the richest? As climate change starts to affect the way we live, we're all starting to think about to adapt to the changing circumstances. However, a new book suggests that our military and corporate elites are a step ahead and are already planning how to secure their futures in ways that will impact upon as all. Listen to the recording!
Moved on...? In the wake of the Paris attacks and the migrant crisis, The Red House asks where the limits of European solidarity lie. Do we lack solidarity or are we overwhelmed by conflicting solidarities? And, now that we've moved on to the next crises, are we really still interested in the fates of Ukraine and Greece? Video highlights coming soon!
The following page provides access to recordings from all of the main debates at the seventh annual Central European Forum in November 2015. Watch the recordings!
Sowing the seeds of confusion The Central European Forum is back in its seventh installment and in 2015 the speakers are looking at disinformation and the way that it's seeming infiltration of reporting is affecting the way we perceive the world around us. A weekend looking at propaganda, memory, media manipulation, Russia and the West. Watch the recordings!
Forged in the fires of discontent Free Word and Penned in the Margins show us the Greek crisis from another perspective, introducing us to the voices of a new generation of Greek poets, whose talents have developed and been inspired by the turbulent events around them. Listen to the recording!
Mercy or murder? In Germany, the Bundestag is looking into a reform of the legislation on euthanasia, leading to a heated debate on the pros and cons of assisted suicide. Should we have the right to determine when we want to die or are there too many circumstances in which any law allowing assisted suicide could be exploited to harm the vulnerable and the ill? Recording coming soon!
A downward spiral? Following hot on the heels of the summer's Greek crisis, the influx of refugees and migrants has highlighted disagreements in the EU and raised questions about our desire and our ability to come to common agreement. A debate on the Grexit, the Brexit, humanism, pragmatism, the East/West divide and how to move forward. Watch the video highlights!
Bloodlines We all know about the Holocaust, but how much do we know about the Gulag and how many of us still live with the terror these two human catastrophes engendered. Ernst van Alphen looks at the different histories of the Holocaust and the Gulag and the different traumata which they caused, tracing the development of these traumata through the victims to their children and grandchildren. Watch the video!
Time to look closer to home? Despite many states having been signatories to the European Convention of Human Rights for more than 60 years, persecution of many different types continues to raise its ugly head in Europe. This debate looks at what role human rights play in our politics and asks how much we can trust our politicians to stand up for these rights. Watch the video highlights!
Common wealth? Italian revolutionary philosopher Antonio Negri speaks in Warsaw on social models and the commons, critiquing the current state of affairs and proposing his own models for empowering the multitudes and overcoming the power of capital. Watch the extended video highlights!