Martin M. Šimečka

is a writer and journalist based in Bratislava. Before 1989 he could publish only in samizdat; later he co-founded the Archa Publishing House, and edited the...

Jacques Rupnik

is a French historian and political scientist, specialising in Eastern and Central Europe. He is based in Paris. After studying at the Sorbonne and Harvard...

Thierry Chervel

is a German journalist with Franco-German roots based in Berlin. After studying music theory, he worked as staff writer for the German daily taz and later as...

Viktor Vladimirovich Erofeyev

is a Russian writer based in Moscow. He was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers as an organizer of the samizdat literary magazine Metropol and banned...

Ivan Krastev

is a Bulgarian political scientist, based, in Sofia where he chairs the Centre for Liberal Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian edition of...

Adam Michnik

is a Polish writer and journalist, the founder and editor-in-chief of the daily Gazeta Wyborcza. He lives in Warsaw and has been visiting professor at...

Robert Menasse

is an Austrian writer and philosopher based in Vienna. He studied German, philosophy and political science in Vienna and Salzburg. An acclaimed author...

György Konrád

is a distinguished Hungarian novelist and essayist based in Budapest. He was a dissident under the communist regime and one of the earliest to be published...

Martin Bútora

is a sociologist, writer and translator based in Bratislava. He began his career in the 1960s as a journalist and after becoming a persona non grata...

Ingo Schulze

is a German writer based in Berlin. He studied classics and German in Jena. In 1998-1990 worked as theatre dramaturg in Altenburg, and went on to co-found...

Aleš Debeljak

is a Slovene cultural critic, poet, editor, translator and essayist, based in Ljubljana. He is a professor at the Cultural Studies Department of the...

Slavenka Drakulić

is a Croatian writer and journalist. She graduated in comparative literature and sociology from the University of Zagreb. From 1982 to 1992 she was a staff...

Timothy Snyder

is an American scholar, professor of history at Yale University. He specializes in the history of modern nationalism and Eastern Europe. His publications...

Marci Shore

is an American scholar, assistant professor of European cultural and intellectual history at Yale University. She is the author of the books Caviar and...

Karel Schwarzenberg

is a Czech politician, leader of the political party TOP 09 and member of the Czech Parliament. A descendant of the old aristocratic House of Schwarzenberg,...

Václav Havel

is a Czech playwright and writer living in Prague. During the so-called normalization he was one of the leaders of the Czech dissent and of Charter ’77,...

Erhard Busek

is an Austrian politician based in Vienna. In the early 1980s he was the Secretary for Education and Science, later becoming Vice Chancellor and his...

Krzysztof Czyzewski

is a Polish practitioner of ideas, poet, essayist and publisher. He graduated in Polish language and literature from the University of Poznań. Under martial...

Ágnes Heller

is a Hungarian philosopher based in Budapest and New York. The author of numerous scholarly books in various philosophical fields, she is one of the most...

Mary Kaldor

is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance and a Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics. An expert on...

Miroslav Kusý

is a political scientist and philosopher based in Bratislava. As one of the first signatories of Charter 77 and a leading dissident he was imprisoned under...

Wendy Luers

is a U.S. philanthropist based in New York. She is the founder and president of the New York Foundation for a Civil Society. She has worked as correspondent...

Brigita Schmögnerová

is currently Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She is based in Bratislava and London. From 1998 to 2002 she was...

Maciej Zaremba

is a Swedish journalist writing on political and cultural affairs for the daily Dagens Nyheter based in Stockholm. Having left Poland following the 1968...

Love and Truth

Tuesday November 24th, 2009

On his way from the CEE Forum, Timothy Snyder’s
blog in the New York
Review of Books describes the warm welcome Vaclav Havel got in
Bratislava from a  generation that was not even alive when he was
President of their country, and the advice he had for the students.

Democracy Fatigue

Friday November 20th, 2009

(18.11. pm) What is the greatest threat to democracy? Jacques Rupnik, Václav Havel, Ágnes Heller, Ivan Krastev, Ingo Schulze, Robert Menasse, Krzysztof Czyżewski and Miroslav Kusý tried to find the answer.