The Hungarian intellectual István Bibó wrote in 1944, that the greatest threat to democracy would come when “the cause of the nation” became separated from “the cause of liberty.” Is this fragmentation inevitable? Or can people once again be united around broader liberal ideas and a refreshed commitment to democracy?
- What values can the free world build a future on and where should they come from: the nation state, Christian culture, the French Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, international law?
- Indeed, are there any common European values, or are they, as Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša remarked, “Imaginary European values without respecting local cultures”?
- As authoritarianism spreads in a world shattered by a global pandemic, are the forces that tear us apart stronger than those that hold us together? Can cohesion be rebuilt from fragmentation?