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As the Eurozone crisis demands focus on the state of European democracy, some of Europe’s leading public intellectuals will gather at London’s Battle of Ideas festival in October at a pan-European summit to contest the case for freedom in the twenty-first century. Can freedom be traded off against other important values? Is it worth defending the freedom to exploit, pollute and behave irresponsibly? Is free will simply an illusion or ideal which is no longer relevant to the contemporary West?
From open values to burqa bans: have Europeans lost the habit of tolerance?
"I thought the Battle of Ideas was wonderful. Especially the extent and quality of audience participation. I can't imagine how I missed this exciting forum for exchange of ideas in the past. I will certainly not miss another one and look forward already to 2012 Battle of Ideas."
Professor Marilyn Monk, emeritus professor of molecular embryology, University College London