Love and Truth

Tuesday November 24th, 2009
Photo: Lubomir Knotek, AFP It can’t happen often that citizens of one country gather to honor someone who was the president of two other countries, all the while claiming him as their own. But so it was on November 18,...

Democracy Fatigue

Friday November 20th, 2009
Political scientist Jacques Rupnik (Paris) chaired the final discussion on issues including: How solid are democratic institutions such as independent media, human rights and minority rights, and civic society twenty years after November 1989? What are the greatest threats to...

Totalitarian structures – A New Lease of Life

Thursday November 19th, 2009
Thierry Chervel, publisher of the internet cultural magazine perlentaucher.de chaired a lively debate that raised a number of sensitive issues: Has Central Europe shed the shackles of the past? Is it possible, twenty years on, to get a grip on the...

Open Society in Crisis

Wednesday November 18th, 2009
Twenty years ago much of Central Europe rediscovered the free market. What are the chances of sustaining freedom and democracy at a time of a faltering global capitalism? These questions were the starting point of discussions in the second panel, chaired by...