Michal Havran

is a writer and founder and editor-in-chief of the Slovak online current-affairs website Jetotak.sk. He lives in Bratislava. He studied Protestant theology...

Chris Keulemans

is a Dutch writer, journalist, teacher and moderator based in Amsterdam. He grew up in Baghdad and Jakarta. After settling in Amsterdam, he founded the...

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...

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...

Olga Tokarczuk

is the most widely admired Polish author of her generation. A psychologist by training, she writes novels and essays and has the rare distinction of being...

Pascal Bruckner

is a French philosopher based in Paris. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Lunes de fiel (Evil Angels, made by Roman Polanski into a...

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...

Egon Gál

is a philosopher based in Bratislava. A Slovak Technical University chemistry graduate, he switched to philosophy after 1989, and has taught at various...

Leonidas Donskis

is a Lithuanian philosopher, political theorist, historian of ideas and political commentator, known as a staunch defender of human rights and civil...

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...

Lucinda Creighton

is an Irish politician based in Dublin. She has been involved in politics since her time as a law student at Trinity College Dublin, serving in Dublin City...

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...

Kamil Fila

is a Czech film historian. After graduating from the Masaryk University in Brno in film theory and history and audiovisual arts, he wrote for various...

Péter Esterházy

is regarded as the one of the greatest contemporary Hungarian writers. He lives in Budapest, where studied mathematics and started publishing in literary...

Filip Radunovic

was born in Podgorica and grew up in Montenegro, Germany and the US. He studied media psychology and semiotics at Vienna University and since 2008 has worked...

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...

Rudolf Chmel

is a literary scholar and politician. He teaches Central European literature at Charles University in Prague, is the Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal...

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,...

Jacek Żakowski

is an influential Polish journalist and columnist for the weekly Polityka and the daily Gazeta Wyborcza. He chairs the department of journalism at the...

Justin Wedes

is an educator and activist living in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Physics and Linguistics Justin has taught...

Panel 5: Why is Europe still alive?

Monday November 18th, 2013

Chris Keulemans quizzed Karel Schwarzenberg (Czech Republic), Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Timothy Snyder (USA), Leonidas Donskis (Lithuania) and Pascal Bruckner (France) about what the European project means to them and what keeps it alive.

Panel: 4: Save the citizen!

Lucinda Creighton (Ireland), Aleš Debeljak (Slovenia), Ivan Krastev (Bulgaria) and Justin Wedes (USA) joined Martin Bútora (Slovakia) in a debate on the role of citizens in the world today.

Panel 3: Bloodlands

Martin M. Šimečka (Slovakia) introduced Timothy Snyder (USA) and his bestselling book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.