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FORUM 2000 and the Václav Havel Library present:

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 9, 2017, 12:00 – 18:30

12.30 – 14.00
The Migration Crisis and the Western Balkans: Stability vs. Democracy

Since 2015 the migration crisis has brought to Central Europe not just a change of social and political context; more than anything else, it has also pointed to the far-ranging problems of the Balkans states. These are deep-seated problems, reminiscent of authoritarian regimes far removed from democratic government. A central role is played by omnipresent corruption and the centralisation of decision-making powers in the hands of a narrow group of rulers, blurring the boundary between what is regarded as legal behaviour and an accepted grey zone.

Debate participants: Michal Vít, researcher, Europeum, CR, Zora Hesová, research analyst, Association for International Affairs, CR, Marie Heřmanová, project coordinator, Open Society Fund, ČR, Natalia Žaba, journalist, translator, Balkan Forum, Serbia.

The event is being held in cooperation with the Europeum Institute for European Policy.

14.30 – 16.00
Disinformation, Populism vs. Fact-Checking

Russia is in many regards testing the ground in Ukraine, and the battle against Russian propaganda remains one of contemporary Ukraine’s main problems. However, just as dangerous is the populism of Ukrainian politicians. How is Ukraine dealing with these challenges? And what has been the Czech Republic’s response?

The event is taking place in cooperation with Association for International Affairs.

17.00 – 18.30
The Rule of Law in Europe Under Pressure

In a period of growing political nationalism and incomplete transformations, cross-border cooperation between pro-democracy minded actors is more important in the post-communist region than elsewhere. The discussion will explore current trends in the area of reinforcing the rule of law and in particular strategies for supporting those efforts at the national and international level.

The event is taking place in cooperation with the CEELI Institute.


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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„If I consider the problem as that which the world is turning me into – that is, as a tiny screw in a giant machine, deprived of human identity – then there is really nothing I can do. Obviously I cannot put a stop to the destruction of the globe, the growing stupidity of nations and the repoduction of thousands of new thermonuclear bombs. If, however, I consider it as that which each of us originally is, or rahter what each of us – irrespective of the state of the world – has the basic potential to become, which is to say an autonomous human being, capable of acting responsibly to and for the world, then of course there is a great deal I can do.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, March 6, 1982

What Price Human Rights?