This publication is the result of the third Central European Forum, which took place from 16 to 18 November 2011 at the Astorka/Korzo Theatre in Bratislava. This forum was organized by the Bratislava non-profit Project Forum together with the Prague-based Václav Havel Library as part of events marking the anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Four panel discussions, two exhibitions and a film screening were held in the course of the conference.
25 illustrious guests from all over Europe as well as the US and Israel reflected on this year’s main theme – The End of the Future – and the current sense of uncertainly that penetrates contemporary debates about political and economic challenges in Europe and the world. The panellists and speakers included distinguished philosophers Pascal Bruckner, Magdalena Środa and Václav Bělohradský, eminent economists Jeremy Rifkin and Zdenek Kudrna, acclaimed journalists Gideon Bachmann and Jacek Żakowski, world-renowned writers Péter Esterházy and Dubravka Ugrešić, as well as activist Staf Shaffir, political scientist Ivan Krastev and, last but not least, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Iveta Radičová.