History lesson about freedom


Freedom today and the future of Europe. Against the background of 25 years of the democratic transformation in CEE.

Tuesday 9 December 2014, 3:00 pm

Central European University (Senate Room)

1051 Bp, Nádor u. 9.


Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Mr Roman Kowalski,

Chargé d’affaires a.i. of Ukraine Mr Mykhailo Junger,

Director of the Polish Institute Ms Katarzyna Sitko,

Director of the CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies Prof. Péter Balázs


with participation of students from Poland, Hungary and Ukraine



15.00 – Introductory remarks by Prof. Péter Balázs

15.10 – Discussion in Working Groups

15.40 - Input from the Working Groups

16.10 – Plenary debate

16.55 – Closing remarks

17.00 – Networking along snacks&beverages

The event is organized in the framework of “History lessons about freedom”,  

a public debate series initiated and supported by the Polish Institute and the Embassy of Poland in Budapest to mark the 25th anniversary of the democratic transformation in Central Eastern Europe.

The working language of the meeting will be English.

RSVP VeghZs@ceu.hu until 1 December (Monday). 


Themes to be tackled by the working groups:

Working Group ONE: What does FREEDOM mean today for countries undergoing transition? Who are the agents of change? What is the role of youth and civil society?

Working Group TWO: Is Europe (the EU) still a pole of attraction? Is there a “EUROPEAN DREAM”? If yes, how does it look like for migrants knocking on Europe’s door and how is it perceived by Europeans? Could alternative, non-European models be tempting for European leaders of today or tomorrow? 

Working Group THREE: In light of current events in Ukraine, does the chance to unite the continent  remain realistic? Are new “WALLS” being raised?