History is not determined, but created by our collective efforts and individual choices. Which path will we take: passivity and defeat or courage and victory? The turning point is here and now.

Russian aggression against Ukraine, skyrocketing energy prices, high inflation, imminent economic and climate crisis, and the pace of technological change make it difficult to look to the future with optimism. Increasing polarisation makes it more and more difficult to find a coherent response to these challenges. At the same time, voters gradually reject seemingly simple solutions based on xenophobia and exclusion of those who think differently.

During the tenth anniversary edition of the Freedom Games, a new generation of experts, NGOs, business, politicians, and citizens will present a proposal for change, a way to tame uncertainty, and a prospect for the future both locally and globally. Through the ELF Hub, we will host a number of sessions during the conference, covering topics from women’s rights to building a resilient democracy.

Friday 15 September

20:00 – 20:20 ELF Ted Talk: Putin and the future of geopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe (Machine Hall)

Speaker: Mark Galeotti, Historian

20:50 – 21:10 Democratic Freedom and it Enemies (Machine Hall)

Speaker: Michael Ignatieff, Former MP for Canada

Saturday 16 September

12:30 – 13:30 Techno-Politics and the Clash of Digitalisation – Can the EU play the AI game? (Sky Room)


15:30 – 16:30 Women’s rights: how to change the most restrictive anti-abortion law in Europe? (Machine Hall)


18:00 – 19:00 Geopolitics and European Security (Planetarium)


Introduction: Gerlinde Niehus – Deputy Director, Defence and Security Cooperation, NATO.

Sunday 17 September

10:00 – 11:00 Resilient Democracy: How to rebuild the model of public and independent media (Sky Room)


11:15 – 12:15 New European Liberalism (Sky Room)


12:30 – 13:30 Enlargement: A chance for the EU? (Machine Hall)


15:30 – 17:00 The Rule of Law – Liberal Solutions (Glass Room)


19:15 – 20:15 Meet the Author: Jarosław Hrycak (Planetarium)

Speaker: Jarosław Hrycak, Ukrainian historian, Professor at Ukrainian Catholic University

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