4th Annual Conference
The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues
Prague, May 15, 2017

Where Does Europe Begin and End?

„Reflecting on Europeanism means inquiring what set of values, ideals or principles evokes, or characterises the notion of Europe. And more than that: It also entails, by definition, a critical examination of that set of thoughts, followed soon by the realisation that many European traditions, principles or values may be double-edged, and that some of them  if carried too far and used, or abused, in certain ways  can lead us to hell.“

Vaclav Havel: European Parliament, Strasbourg, 16 February 2000

When and where

  • Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
  • Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
  • Organiser: Vaclav Havel Library, Prague
  • Partners: European Commission Represenation in the Czech Republic; DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Polish Institute Prague, Sekyra Group
  • Conference Programme
  • Photographs from the Conference

Videorecordings

Monday 15, 2017

The conference was held in English and Czech and was simultaneously translated into Czech and English.

Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington

„We are still a long way from that „family of man;“ in fact, we seem to be receding from the ideal rather than drawing closer to it. Interests of all kinds: personal, selfish, state, national, group and, if you like, company interests still considerably outweigh genuinely common and global interests. We are still under the sway of the destructive and thoroughly vain belief that man is the pinnacle of creation, and not just a part of it, and that therefore everything is permitted. There are still many who say they are concerdend not for themselves but for the cause, while they are demonstrably out for themselves and not for the cause at all. We are still destroying the planet that was entrusted to us, and its environment. We still close our eyes to the growing social, ethnic and cultural conflicts in the world. From time to time we say that the anonymous megamachinery we have created for ourselves no longer serves us but rather has enslaved us, yet we still fail to do anything about it.“

Václav Havel:
Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington, February 21, 1990

Ivan Krastev: Europe's FutureVáclav Havel’s Prague