Video recordings

On this page, we present a selection of video recordings of presentations organised by the Felix Meritis Foundation over the years as well as recordings of lectures and interviews by Linda Bouws that were part of our Erasmus+ project Strengthening European Identity through Culture and Education, and How to Manage It. You will find more presentations, by Kishore Mahbubani, Avishai Margalit, Tariq Ramadan, Rudiger Safranski, Peter Sloterdijk, and Frans Timmermans, among others, at the FMCC YouTube canal and the ECHC Observatory.

Europe, the European Union

Steve Austen - European identity & citizenship
European Identity – a short introduction by Steve Austen
Speech by Dimitar Nikolovski
Europe, Identity and Populism by Dimitar Nikolovski
Interview with Izabella Agardi in Campus Yuste
Individual and collective memory – by Izabella Agárdi. For ‘Identity, cooperation & the younger generation’ by Izabella Agárdi, click here
Jan van Zwieten – What kind of leadership do we need?
Jan van Zwieten: What kind of leadership do we need?
Mario Neve - Map and landscape
Mario Neve: Map & Landscape
Miguel Á. Martín Ramos - Knowing history is the key
Miguel Á. Martín Ramos: Knowing history is the key. For ‘3 things’ by Miguel Martín, click here
Paul Scheffer and Robert Menasse: The Amsterdam Conversation on Europe 2013
Paul Scheffer and Robert Menasse debated and shared their visions on the future of Europe
I Have a Dream... Nilüfer Göle (1/3)
Nilüfer Göle opened ‘The Middle East in Europe and Europe in the Middle East’ Click here for Part 2 and Part 3
I Have a Dream... Paul Scheffer (1/2)
The Middle East in Europe and Europe in the Middle East – by Paul Scheffer. Click here for Part 2
Nilüfer Göle - Islam and Europe A Soul for Europe, Berlin 2006
Nilüfer Göle on Islam and Europe. A Soul for Europe Conference, 2006
George Soros – The spirit of Europe and its mission A Soul for Europe, Berlin 2006
George Soros: The spirit of Europe and its mission. A Soul for Europe Conference, 2006
José Manuel Barroso - Culture is a structural element of our Unity, A Soul for Europe, Berlin 2004
José Manuel Barroso, A Soul for Europe Conference (2004): “In the hierarchy of values the cultural ones range above the economic ones.”
Felix Meritis interview met Günter Grass in 2002
Günter Grass visited the Felix Meritis Foundation in the fall of 2002. He was interviewed by Steve Austen, former director of Felix Meritis and co-initiator of Gulliver. German spoken.
In 1987, during the European Artists Forum (Amsterdam), the ‘Informal working body Gulliver’, was created, including Günter Grass, Václav Havel, György Konrád, etc., thus realising Grass’ desire for a Gesamteuropäische Kulturstiftung. Gulliver should make every effort to establish a dialogue between the citizens of the then communist states and those of Western Europe.
Melina Mercouri - We have to know each other better. Amsterdam 1986
Melina Mercouri, founder of the European Capital of Culture: “We have to know each other better.”

(European) Citizenship

Speech by Dimitar Nikolovski
Dimitar Nikolovski: Heritage, development and activism: Lessons from the European peripheries.
Speech by Steve Austen
Steve Austen: Cultural Identity. What does it mean and how to deal with the consequences of the identity debate in Europe.
Zbigniew Bujak - Social Entrepreneurship:
Zbigniew Bujak – Social Entrepreneurship: the experiences from one of the founders of Solidarnosc; lessons to be learned.
The Amsterdam Conversation on Europe, 29 nov 2013
Ivan Krastev: The Amsterdam Conversation on Europe 2013 The erosion of trust in the democratic infrastructure and the future of Europe.

Dutch spoken:

Alicja Gescinska Deel 1.avi
Alicja Gescinska – over luiheid, negatieve en positieve vrijheid. Bekijk ook dit interview met Alicja Gescinska en een fragment uit haar Vrijheidslezing
Blauwdruk Europa #4: Bart Knols
Bart Knols: hoe kun je werkelijk impact hebben op het gebied van malaria?
Vredeslezing door Liesbeth Zegveld, 19 sep 2013
Vredeslezing 2013 door Liesbeth Zegveld; Onze onwetendheid komt ons goed uit.
HERDENKEN & VIEREN: Vrijheidslezing door Steve Austen, 5 mei 2013 (lange versie)
Vrijheidslezing door Steve Austen, 5 mei 2013
Burgerschapslezing door Ton Nijhuis, 16 september 2012
Burgerschapslezing door Ton Nijhuis, 2012
HERDENKEN & VIEREN Shervin Nekuee: 4 Mei lezing 2012
4 mei lezing 2012 door Shervin Nekuee

Heritage and Culture

Speech by Izabela Agardi
Izabella Agárdi – Memory and Cultural History in Central Europe
Speech by Mario Neve
Mario Neve – Thinking critically, not only Cultural Heritage… human/civil/cultural rights and complexity. Click here for Part 2 and Part 3
LF2018 (Leeuwarden ECoC) Oeds Westerhof - Cultural Institutions
Oeds Westerhof – Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018
Paul Spies - Cultural Institutions
Paul Spies on his interactive exhibition BERLIN GLOBAL which encourages visitors to critically question historical fixed definitions.
Alessandro Baricco: I barbari - 5 October 2010
The Italian writer Alessandro Baricco discusses his book ‘I barbari’ with Frans Timmermans.
Performance Joseph Semah on observatory Felix Meritis, 4 May 2010
4 May 2010, performance by Joseph Sassoon Semah on Connecting Cultures, inspired by values such as freedom and democracy within our pluriform society and based on Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, read in nine languages on top of the Felix Meritis observatory.

Rule of Law (mostly Dutch spoken)

Nacht van de Rechtsstaat, 22 nov 2013
Nacht van de Rechtsstaat 2013: de grondrechten van illegalen. Met o.m. Lodewijk Asscher, Joshua Livestro, Janneke Gerards, Michael Ignatieff
Workshop:Trias of Multiple Politica? 1 nov 2013
Trias of Multiple Politica? 2013 Workshop ol.v. Maurice Adams, Henk Griffioen en Anne Meuwese
Rechtsstaatlezing door Ernst Hirsch Ballin, 11 okt. 2013
Rechtsstaatlezing 2013 door Ernst Hirsh Ballin – De plek van de Grondwet in politiek en samenleving
Nacht van de Rechtsstaat, 23 nov 2012
Nacht van de Rechtsstaat 2012, met Geert Corstens, Alex Brenninkmeijer, Ybo Buruma, en Paul Frissen,
Gerard Spong: Rechtsstaatlezing in Felix Meritis, 2012
Rechtsstaatlezing 2012 door Gerard Spong. De rechtsstaat: oase of fata morgana?
Rechtsstaatlezing De democratische rechtsstaat, een onrustig bezit? deel 1
Rechtsstaatlezing 2011. Democratische rechtsstaat, een onrustig bezit? Deel 1 door René Foqué.
Rechtsstaatlezing De democratische rechtsstaat, een onrustig bezit? deel 2
Rechtsstaatlezing 2011. Democratische rechtsstaat, een onrustig bezit? Deel 2 door Andreas Kinneging.
Vrijheidslezing Amsterdam 2011 door Inez Weski
Vrijheidslezing 2011 door Inez Weski: de rule of law is een reflectie van de wetgever die men kiest.
Chantal Mouffe: Citizenship, Democracy and Pluralism - 1 October 2010
Chantal Mouffe: Citizenship, Democracy and Pluralism – October 2010 (English spoken)

Strengthening European Identity and How to Manage It

Speech by Steve Austen
Steve Austen: The Pyramid Model – a scenario for the development of project-based organisations to get continuity
Speech by Jan Van Zwieten Leadership (3)
Jan van Zwieten: What is leadership all about?
Ethics, Banking and Citizenship by George Möller
George Möller: Ethics, Banking and Citizenship
Seán Cleary: Trust and Values in a Global Perspective
Seán Cleary: Trust and Values in a Global Perspective
Speech by Steve Austen & Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos
Steve Austen & Miguel Á. Martín Ramos: From Audience Development to Citizenship Education