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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

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

What Price Human Rights?