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Time for European Politics (29. 5. 2015) Part 1/6

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Friday 29 May 2015 13.15–13.20 Welcome Marta Smolikova (Director, VHL, Prague) 13.20 – 13.45 Opening Remarks Jacques Rupnik (SciencesPo, Paris) 13.45–15.15 Panel 1: What are the Neighbours to the EU? (The South) Chaired by Jacques Rupnik Speaker: Gilles Kepel (Paris) Panelists: Camino Mortera-Martinez (Madrid-London) Sofia Vasilopoulou (Athens-York) Anne Valkering (Amsterdam)

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

The unbearable lightness of evilVáclav Havel’s Prague