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PHOTO: Václav Havel European Dialogues: The Czech Republic at the European Crossroads  15/05/18

What has 14 years of membership of the European Union brought us? What advantages have we enjoyed thanks to it? Or have we, by contrast, lost something? Why is there increasing scepticism about the EU? Are there perhaps other alternatives? What does the EU represent for the future of our country? And what do we represent for its future? These and similar questions were explored in the fifth edition of the Václav Havel European Dialogues. More

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Europe at the Crossroads Free of Charge  14/05/18

A collective monograph Europe at the Crossroads: Democracy, Neighbourhoods, Migrations prepared by Jacques Rupnik and Pavel Seifert offers a selection of the key papers presented at the annual conferences of Vaclav Havel European Dialogues in 2014–2016: Gilles Kepel, Ivan Krastev, Camino Mortera Martinez, Luuk van Middelaar, Claus Offe, Petr Pithart, Jiří Přibáň, Mykola Rjabchuk, Jacques Rupnik, Pavel Seifter, Jovan Teokarević, Andrew Wilson and Catherine Withol de Wenden. The book is available as PDF HERE.

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PHOTO: Polish-Czechoslovak Solidarity  26/04/18

Meetings in forests on the guarded Polish-Czechoslovak border. Shared interest in the fates of the political prisoners of both Communist states. The exchange of samizdat publications and information. The phenomenon of Polish-Czechoslovak solidarity brings together courage, friendship and sense of humour. The new Czech translation of the book Hranicím navzdory. Příběh Polsko-československé solidarity (Despite the Border: The Story of Polish-Czechoslovak Solidarity) (ÚSTR, Prague 2018) was launched by its authors, Łukasz Kamiński, a Polish historian and former director of Poland’s Institute of National Rembembrance, and Petr Blažek, a Czech historian based at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, and many Poles and Czechs who remember those times.. More

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VIDEO: Remembering 1918: Turning point for Europe II. (11. 4. 2018)  14/04/18

What is the meaning of 1918 for today’s European politics and societies? What is the role of this history in envisioning Europe of the 21st century? Historians, journalists, teachers and other speakers from 7 European countries compared their perspectives and discussed the contemporary relevance of 1918, especially with regard to the interpretations ascribed to 1918 throughout the 20th century. Discussion: Understanding of the year 1918 in Western and Central Europe. Are there differences in understanding the 1918 between Western and Central Europe? If so, what are they and how are they reflected in different approaches to today’s reality? Is the year 1918 also perceived as the year of emergence of new states in Western Europe? How was the breakdown of old empires viewed in Belgium and Finland? Moderator: Pavlína Kvapilová (journalist). Speakers: Machteld Venken (associate professor at University Vienna), Kalle Kallio (director of the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas), Václav Kuneš (history teacher), Lukasz Jasina (historian). More

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VIDEO: Remembering 1918: Turning point for Europe I. (11. 4. 2018)  13/04/18

What is the meaning of 1918 for today’s European politics and societies? What is the role of this history in envisioning Europe of the 21st century? Historians, journalists, teachers and other speakers from 7 European countries compared their perspectives and discussed the contemporary relevance of 1918, especially with regard to the interpretations ascribed to 1918 throughout the 20th century. The debate is organized in cooperation with Czech Centres, Václav Havel Library, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Finnish Institute for the Benelux, Culture Action Europe, and EUNIC Prague, Austrian Cultural Forum, Slovak Institute and Polish Institute Prague. Understanding of the year 1918 in “old” and “new” states. Understanding of the events in 1918 by the former empires and the new nations - do the differences still prevail? Do we feel nostalgia, satisfaction, bitterness, indifference…? And what does the mythology of 1918 mean for the future of Europe? Does it – and if yes, how - influence today’s politics and societies? Moderator: Adéla Gjuričová, historian. Speakers: György Csepeli, social psychologist / Miroslav Michela, historian / Christophe Prantner, journalist / Jan Hanzlík, historian More

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