Vaclav Havel European Dialogues - Prague Conference

21 – 22 Feb 2014

The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe´s Crisis

This two-day international conference will kick off a project involving dialogue and debate on the direction of today’s Europe within the context of Václav Havel’s intellectual legacy. The main source of inspiration is Václav Havel’s essay The Power of the Powerless.

The project is planned as a long-term one, to take place in cooperation with various cities in the EU (for example Berlin and Bruges). Individual encounters taking place as dialogues and debates are intended primarily for high school and post-secondary students, as well as others who are interested in European issues from among the ranks of professionals as well as the general public.

The introductory conference will take place in Prague at the DOX Centre, and will offer five panel discussions over its two days:


21. 2. 2014 | 14 – 20.45h

Registration: 13h

14.30 – 15.30

Welcome and Conference Opening

15.30 – 17h

Europe and the Crisis of Democratic Capitalism

17.30 – 19h

Reinventing the European Project

19 – 20.45h

Glass of wine with H. E. Michael Zantovsky


Evening Conversation: What Europe? What Democracy?

22. 2. 2014 | 9 – 12.50h

Registration: 8.45h

9.15 – 10.30h

Europe and the Limits of Civil Society. From consensus to a conflict-driven polity?

11 – 12.30h

Federalism: The American vs. The European Way

12.30 – 12.50h

Closing summary by Jacques Rupnik.

Detailed programme for download.

The main guests of the conference: are Jacques Rupnick, Petr Pithart, Claus Offe, Jiří Přibáň, Larry Siedentop and Jan Macháček.

The conference will be simultaneously translated into Czech.

Registration is required in order to participate in the conference.

For more information see:

The conference is organized by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic, the Forum 2000 Foundation, and the DOX Centre of Contemporary Art.