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Freiraum

"Freiraum" is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in Europe in cooperation with 53 actors from culture, science and civil society. Until March 2019, around 40 European cities will explore the issue: What is freedom in Europe today? Where is it endangered? How do we strengthen it? More about the Project

The Liveable City Photo: Caroline Lessire © Goethe-Institut

Topic of the month
The Livable City

Gentrification and suburbanization  are changing urban areas and the possibilities of city-dwellers. Citizens are speaking out through forms of civic activism against the privatization of public spaces and mafia control. Civic participation is essential to creating new free urban spaces.

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How can social, cultural and environmental issues determine national and European policy?

 We can listen more to art and literature, because they promote empathy and understanding and act therefore as a protection against totalitarian currents. By Cecilia Hansson more

Chain Reaction: Thinking across Europe

Intellectuals in a thought experiment: every essay ends with a question, which another participant of the project "Freiraum" should discuss in an essay. On August 21, Ainhoa Achutegui answered Nora Gomringer's question and put her question to the next author.

  • Diego Fernandez © Instituto de Cultura Gitana

    Diego Fernandez
    Madrid
    March 14th 2018

    Do Roma people represent the free spirit of a Europe without borders?

  • Beata Kowalska © Goethe-Institut / Andrzej Banaś

    Beata Kowalska
    Kraków
    April 5th 2018

    A democratic, social and solidly united Europe without borders still remains a utopian dream that we must all work to realize.more

  • Beata Kowalska © Goethe-Institut / Andrzej Banaś

    Beata Kowalska
    Kraków
    April 5th 2018

    Can freedom and equality in Europe be reconciled once more?

  • Michalis Attalides © Kommenos

    Michalis Attalides
    Nicosia
    April 17th 2018

    Freedom and equality are a question of the financial viability of social security systems. European countries should focus more on their core competencies of culture, science, research, ecology and social integration for positive economic developmentmore

  • Michalis Attalides © Kommenos

    Michalis Attalides
    Nicosia
    April 17th 2018

    How can we make social, cultural and environmental issues a more prominent part of national and European policy making?

  • Cecilia Hansson Photo: Marin Vallin © Goethe-Institut

    Cecilia Hansson
    Stockholm
    May 16th 2018

    We can listen more to art and literature, because they nurture empathy and understanding and act therefore as a firewall against totalitarian currents.more

  • The writer Cecilia Hansson Photo: Marin Vallin © Goethe-Institut

    Cecilia Hansson
    Stockholm
    May 16th 2018

    Are we living in a really post-fascist Europe, a Europe as we want it to be?

  • The writer Nikita Dhawan Photo: Daniel Vegel © Goethe-Institut

    Nikita Dhawan
    Innsbruck
    June 16th 2018

    The democratizing forces at work in Europe are offset by nationalisms, racisms, and exclusions, so that the promise of a post-fascist Europe reveals itself to be a missed appointment with history.more

  • The writer Nikita Dhawan Photo: Daniel Vegel © Goethe-Institut

    Nikita Dhawan
    Innsbruck
    June 16th 2018

    How can one fight gender and economic injustice worldwide without reinforcing European hegemony...

  • The writer Iskra Geshoska Photo: Vancho Dzambaski © Goethe-Institut

    Iskra Geshoska
    Skopje
    July 5th 2018

    The struggle for economic, political, cultural and gender equality and liberty must be consistent, constant, adequate to each context individually, and needs to create a sense of belonging, unity and emancipation.more

  • The writer Iskra Geshoska Photo: Vancho Dzambaski © Goethe-Institut

    Iskra Geshoska
    Skopje
    July 5th 2018

    Has freedom become only discursive, empty of semantic value in a world which is imprisoned by economical, ideological and political injustice?

  • The writer Nora Gomringer Photo: Judith Kinitz © Goethe-Institut

    Nora Gomringer
    Bamberg
    July 26th 2018

    The concept of peace has not been lost so long as people who carry it in their minds, on their lips and on their flags and helmets...more

  • The writer Nora Gomringer Photo: Judith Kinitz © Goethe-Institut

    Nora Gomringer
    Bamberg
    July 26th 2018

    Who is responsible for the future of freedom in Europe?

  • The writer Ainhoa Achutegui Photo: Neimënster © Goethe-Institut

    Ainhoa Achutegui
    Luxembourg
    August 21th 2018

    It is above all civil society that is qualified to ensure, and indeed responsible for, the future of freedom in Europe. This responsibility cannot and must not be delegated blindly.more

  • The writer Ainhoa Achutegui Photo: Neimënster © Goethe-Institut

    Ainhoa Achutegui
    Luxembourg
    August 21th 2018

    Is the liberal principle of “my body, my choice” still guaranteed in today’s Europe?

  • The writer Samuel Hamen Photo: Maria Mast © Goethe-Institut

    Samuel Hamen
    Heidelberg
    September 14th 2018

    A guarantee of sovereign power over your own body, according to the Luxembourg journalist and writer Samuel Hamen, has so far been more utopia than reality. more

  • The writer Samuel Hamen Photo: Maria Mast © Goethe-Institut

    Samuel Hamen
    Heidelberg
    September 14th 2018

    Have we perhaps never had any idea what freedom is?

  • The writer Andreas Degkwitz © Photo: Die Hoffotografen GmbH

    Andreas Degkwitz
    Berlin
    October 11th 2018

    Freedom and responsibility are directly related – but we often do not care to admit it. Those who desire freedom without assuming responsibility run the risk of restricting the freedom of others as much as they do their own. Freedom is therefore charged with preconditions. more


These Goethe-Institutes and their partners make up the Freiraum tandems, and aim to find answers to the questions of their respective counterparts.

Our partners

 42 Goethe Institutes from various European countries are participating in the "Freiraum" project. In order to obtain better information about the situation on the ground, they work intensively with local partners. These are theatres, art centres, NGOs, universities, associations and local initiatives.

An overview of our partners can be found here.

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