European Cultural Parliament

The Battle of Ideas is a unique institution with its crowd of debating and discussing people. The diversity of themes is a great advantage of this event. It is a reminder for participants that not only today´s great “theme à la mode” is worth discussing, but hundreds of other themes as well. The Battle of Ideas is a modern agora for freedom of speech and freedom of thought. As founder of the European Cultural Parliament, ECP, the Pan-European forum for personalities from Culture, Arts and letters, I feel particularly at home at this London event, which I hope will spread across Europe and other parts of the world.

Karl-Erik Norrman, secretary general, ECP

From bullet trains to driverless cars: where is transport going?

"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

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