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The final deadline approaches for our major workshop on What does it mean to be a "good" European ? The question recurs as Europe grapples with a series of simultaneous crises - refugees, multi-culturalism, uneven economic development, and bailing out neighbours at a time of low economic growth. On top of these comes the new politics of Post-Truth and alternative facts, of prejudice, and the rise of populism, nationalism and jingoism. Do we respond with walls OR Willkommenskultur ? These are tests for each of us - and for communities, regions, and nations. We have a host of major speakers for this workshop in Prague, hosted with our partners from Charles University including Aleksander Smolar of the Stefan Batory Foundation, Tomas Halik, winner of the Templeton Prize for religious ethics, Peter Balazs, former European Commissioner, Tomas Sedlacek, author of the prize-winning The Economics of Good and Evil .
ALEKSANDER SMOLAR, the well-known journalist and commentator, will be giving the keynote Europaeum Lecture in Prague on February 17th at 17.45 on the theme of Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics : counter-revolution in Poland today ? He was a well-known member of anti-communist opposition, founder and editor of the political quarterly Annex, and spokesman for a number of activist groups. After 1989, he served as an advisor to Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Hanna Suchocka. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and has many awards including the Sakharov Prize for lifetime achievement (2009). We are pleased to have Professor PÉTER BALÁZS, now professor at the Central European University in Budapest, and a former member of the European Commission and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary to give a Hungarian perspective too, alongside leading Czech commentator to give Czech perspectives. All welcome, Full details on this poster here.
The Europaeum is organising its tenth annual seminar on Policy-Making inside Europe ? in Brussels from march 6-8th. This three-day programme of talks, with discussions, interviews, and special visits from top European policy-makers in Brussels, is again being organised with our associate member the Institute of Political Studies, Catholica University of Portugal (IEP-UCP). The event will start on Monday 6th March, and include visits to a Permanent Representation to the EU and the European Parliament, working group discussions and lunches, and a gala dinner in the European Parliament special guest dining room. The Europaeum has 10 places available for graduates and postgraduates from member universities.
The next special Europaeum Lecture in our regular series will be given by Will Hutton, a noted economic commentator, currently Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, and Chair of the Oxford Europaeum Group. Mr Hutton, who has a regular influential column in The Observer newspaper (where he was once Editor), will be discussing What Next - after Brexit ? In recent columns, Mr Hutton has written on the consequences for international trade that loom after the Brexit and Trump votes in the UK and US, and now he could add the Renzi referendum vote in Italy (see link here). He has also previously discussed the costs and benefits of globalization (see link here). After beginning his career as a stockbroker and investment analyst, he moved to the BBC as a producer and reporter. He has been Economics Editor of the BBC's flagship Newsnight programme (1983-88), Editor-in-Chief of the European Business Channel (1988-90), and Economics Editor at the Guardian (1990-96), winning several media awards. He is currently Chair of the Big Innovation Centre Innovation Board.
On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg: an act symbolizing the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. 500 years later, Europe has been shaped and re-shaped by waves of reformation and counter-reformation; by secularism and scientific discovery, and by new religious thinking, recently and most significantly by its new Muslim citizens. Our next Spring School graduate workshop to be held in Oxford on April 20-2nd will focus on Religion, Conflict and Tolerance: 500 Years After Wittenberg looking at the role of faith in our European societies, how has the state managed its role as arbiter, and about how our philosophy of tolerance towards all beliefs has developed - and is challenged today. Yet religion is often cited as a cause of conflict and terrorism. The workshop will explore the legacy of Luther, of changing religious demographics, and the place of religious tolerance.