Talk Real

Political challenges in Europe


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ter hundreds of hours of conversation, and hundreds of hours of joint actions, we in Krytyka Polityczna started noticing that we talk about some things with activists and organizations in Central Europe, and we talk about a different set of topics with friends in Italy or Spain. That we distribute focus differently, that we reach for different vocabular­ies – unfortunately, most of those are still in English. Our perspective is twenty-five years old – theirs is five. They laugh at Troika videos, and we sometimes don’t get the joke at all. A hypothesis appeared in our heads that Central and Eastern Europe has its own narrative, and we would really love to get to know it.


On August 28-31, 2014, more than a hundred community activists, citizen journalists, cultural activists and social organizers from 12 European countries gathered at Political Critique’s cultural center in Cieszyn.

The discussion was part of the cycle of debates Levels of Trust in Time To Talk network supported by Open Society Foundations. CEE Meeting was supported by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.


Krytyka Polityczna
Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) is the largest Eastern European liberal network of institutions and activists. It consists of the online daily Dziennik Opinii, a quarterly magazine, publishing house, cultural centres in Warsaw, Łódź, Gdańsk and Cieszyn, activist clubs in a dozen cities in Poland (and also in Kiev and Berlin), as well as a research centre: the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.