Panel IV: Which Way Forward for Central Europe?

Friday November 19th, 2010
How will Central Europe deal with its experience as a passive victim of history? Will it still be able to assert the value of human rights? And what role will it play in a multipolar world?Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi, Adam Michnik, Laurent...

Panel III: The Square of Dissent

Thursday November 18th, 2010
A meeting with Natalia Gorbanevskaya and Viktor Faynberg, two of the Eight Righteous Ones who on 25 August 1968 dared to protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia was chaired by Slovak-born Swiss writer Irena Brežná and politician and Czech musician Michael Kocáb....

Panel II: The End of Politics

Wednesday November 17th, 2010
Claus Offe, Marcia Pally, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin C. Putna, László F. Földényi and Ivaylo Ditchev sought answers to questions such as: have we reached the end of classical politics and what can we do to hang on to our freedom?...

Panel I: Roots of Anger

Tuesday November 16th, 2010
Martin Porubjak opened Central European Forum 2010 by paying tribute to philosopher and writer Milan Šimečka, to whose memory this year’s conference was dedicated. As someone who had been encouraged by Milan Šimečka – his teacher at the Slovak Academy...

Faynberg’s teeth as a scary lesson

Friday November 12th, 2010
Last week the Central European Forum was held in Bratislava for the second time. The event, attended by dozens of intellectuals from all over Europe – including a colleague from my newspaper – was dedicated to the memory of the...