Conference Dispute over Europe,
2 May 2014 and 7 November 2014

TAKE A CHANCE WITH MORE EUROPE – THE EU NEEDS DEDICATED CITIZENS!

This is the leading theme of the inaugural congress »Dispute over Europe« to be held on the 2nd of May, 2014 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. In times when Europe is virtually absent from national political agendas, when problems ahead are discussed by political leaders behind closed doors, and when a growing number of populist parties gain influence on public opinion, we need to give Europe, and all its controversies, a new space. The doubts and objections of the citizens deserve hearing and should not be left to the populists or to the exclusivity of administrative elites. The objective of the congress is hence to establish a culture of disputing the problems and potentials of Europe today – in public, with citizens, intellectuals, and politicians, and in collaboration with a network of likeminded initiatives. We are convinced that appeasement and evocation do not help Europe get any further. What we need is an open and public discourse.

The congress will be continued on November 7, 2014 – focusing on the results of the European Parliament elections.

The project of Václav Havel European Dialogues will be presented at the inaugural event (2nd of May, 2014 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt) by Jan Macháček, the chairman of the Board of trustees of the Václav Havel Library. At the conference on November 7, 2014, the Václav Havel Library will be represented by Jacques Rupnik, member of Board of Trustees. 

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„For the real question is whether the brighter future is really always so distant. What if, on the contrary, it has benn here for a long time already, and only our own blindness and weakness has prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry