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 on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

Ivan Krastev: Europe's FutureVáclav Havel’s Prague