A new social contract


The second keynote of the first day of the NECE conference was given by Noha El-Mikawy from the Ford Foundation (Egypt). She focussed on the possibilities for democracy and citizenship education from the perspective of the recent transformations in North Africa.

Forum V: Seeing “political choices as human, rather than as sacred decisions”


What is the relationship between religion and politics and how can we use citizenship education to broaden our understanding of the other? These were some of the questions that were picked out as central themes yesterday in the forum 'Politics and Religion: Re-defining the relationship in diverse societies?'.

Forum II: Participatory democracy against distrust


The issue of increasing dissatisfaction with the working of democratic institutions was discussed yesterday in the parallel forum: 'Democracy between distrust and participation: Re-thinking the relationship between citizens and the state?'.

Bekim Agai

Bekim Agai from Bonn (Germany) is the project head of research group "Europe from the outside - Formations of Middle Eastern views on Europe from inside Europe". On Thursday, he gave a lecture on "Mutual perceptions and narratives in the Mediterranean dialogue and their influence on recent developments".



Forum I: "History is constantly rewritten, and this is wonderful!"


The way we remember and how history is written has a direct influence on our society and politics. In the forum History and memory culture and its impact on society and politics the participants discussed, on the basis of current events in North Africa, how history narrates and, at the same time, is also interpreted differently by social groups.

Make your voice heard!


What are the similarities and differences between Eastern European and Arabic protests? What role do emotions play in politics and political participation? These were the guiding questions in the second part of the panel sessions of this morning concerning the overall issue of possibilities for a Euro-Mediterranean dialogue.

Kars Veling

Kars Veling is the Director of ProDemos in The Hague (the Netherlands), one of the key partners of NECE. He gave one of the welcome speeches on Wednesday.



How do we see each other?


In the first panel session of this morning the possibilities for dialogue between Europe and the Mediterranean were considered from the angle of different narratives and images that prevail in our societies about the respective other.

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