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VIDEO: Ivan Krastev: Europe’s Futures (11. 6. 2018)  14/06/18

Why the EU should not be taken for granted, why the response to the refugee crisis will define its future and why elites in Brussels are so mistrusted were the questions Ivan Krastev tried to answer in his book After Europe and discussed during this event at the Vaclav Havel Library. Chaired by Michael Žantovský. More

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PHOTO: Ivan Krastev: Europe’s Futures  12/06/18

Why the EU should not be taken for granted, why the response to the refugee crisis will define its future and why elites in Brussels are so mistrusted were the questions Ivan Krastev tried to answer in his book After Europe and discussed during this event at the Vaclav Havel Library. Organised by The Vaclav Havel Library in cooperation with the Bulgarian Embassy in the Czech Republic. More

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PHOTO: The Gratias Agit Award – The Magnificent Eight from Red Square 1968  08/06/18

On 25 August 1968, linguist Konstantin Babicky, poet Vadim Delaunay, worker Vladimir Dremlyuga, English Studies expert Viktor Fainberg, poet and translator Natalya Gorbanevskaya, physicist Pavel Litvinov, linguist Larisa Bogoraz and student Tatyana Baeva came together to protest on Moscow’s Red Square against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops led by the Soviet Union. Within a few minutes the demonstrators were set upon and arrested. The Czechoslovak flag was destroyed and their banners confiscated. The detainees were sentenced to jail terms of several years, spells in labour camps or psychiatric clinics or internal exile… In connection with the presentation of the Gratias agit award by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participants Pavel Litvinov, Tatyana Baeva and Viktor Fainberg have accepted invitations to the Václav Havel Library. More

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PHOTO: Evenings with Polish Reporters: The Journalist in the Midst of War  31/05/18

War reporters encounter death, violence and the suffering of individuals on a daily basis. At the same time, their job is to send home reports from frequently distant and incomprehensible conflicts as impartial observers. A discussion between Piotr Górecki, a former war correspondent for Polish TV, and journalist Markéta Kutilová, who has been documenting the war against Islamic state in Syria and Iraq for several years. More

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PHOTO: The Birth of an Activist With a Realistic Philosophy – Václav Havel as a Political Person  30/05/18

Václav Havel experienced the events of the Prague Spring just as intensely as many of his peers. However, unlike others he remained unmoved by official rhetoric, catchy slogans or utopian visions of socialism with a human face. He approached the tumultuous developments cautiously, with a degree of scepticism and realism. The milestones of that period, from Havel’s speech at the Fourth Congress of the Czechoslovak Union of Writers to the mooted formation of an independent political party, his role in the inception of the Circle of Independent Writers, his energetic contribution to the nationwide resistance in the days following the Soviet-led invasion on 21 August 1968 and his recapitulation of a polemic with Milan Kundera on the Czech lot was discussed by Michael Žantovský and guests Karol Sidon, Jan Mervart and others. More

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