Central European Forum 2015 13 – 15 Nov Bratislava

I was part of this exciting Central European Forum in Bratislava (13-15 November 2015) with Eva Hoffman, Oksana Zabuzhko, Bernhard Schlink, Viktor Erofeyev, Pascal Bruckner, Gilles Kepel, Adam Michnik, G. M. Tamás, Sławomir Sierakowski and many others.

“Freedom of opinion is a farce unless factual information is guaranteed,” Hannah Arendt argued in her famous essay Truth and Politics. We still remember how dangerous factual information was deemed to be under dictatorship. Yet recently we have seen that in a democracy it can be just as dangerous if factual information is drowned out by myths, half-truths and disinformation. This is particularly true now that Europe has been plunged into a major crisis.

Welcome to Europe!‘ panel with Shams Asadi – Olumide Popoola – Michal Hvorecký – Ivan Kratev – Gilles Kepel – Chris Keulemans (moderator)

In countries that used to form a part of the communist bloc all politicians right across the political spectrum insist: «There is no such thing as a right to migration!» And the main reason: the culture of the migrants is alien to us. Does the co-habitation with Muslim communities entail any real dangers and what might they be?


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