Vaclav Havel European Dialogues 
1st Prague Conference, February 21–22, 2014

The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe's crisis

  • Organizer: Václav Havel Library
  • Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, European Parliament Information Office, Forum 2000 Foundation, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Visegrad Fund
  • Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Conference program
  • Photographs from the Conference

Videorecordings

FR 21. 2. 2014

SA 22. 2. 2014

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

What Price Human Rights?