Values, What Values?
Worrying trends are replicating across Europe. Whole groups of the population, younger people in particular, are disengaged and misinformed. The core values upon which our modern society in Europe was built seem to have been forgotten. At the same time, the only choice being offered to the electorate appears to be maintaining the established political elites – a continuation of the current status quo that is becoming increasingly unappealing to young voters.
This is why the 2018 Free Market Road Show needs to become part of an engagement with these younger people to identify a realistic and attractive third way, working hand in hand with the recently-launched Values 4 Europe project which seeks to discuss the common shared values in Europe and how young people can unite in this important discussion.
The Good and the Bad and the Third Way
Populism is just another way to get people involved in public discussions. As a starting point this seems appropriate, but the goal must be to trigger a permanent and prejudice-free debate in order to find workable solutions to today’s problems.
The new talk and debate format offers an open discussion on these values and problems, on economics and governance, allowing arguments to be debated from different points of view. Topics like fairness, the environment, equality, freedom, innovation, solidarity or inclusion are often covered too quickly, a self-evident positive point of view is taken without considering the full consequences. By challenging all participants with controversial arguments, the 2018 Free Market Road Show will prepare the ground for a third way.
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During the 2018 Free Market Road Show Panels we will be discussing:
Panel 1 – Values
Fairness, the environment, equality, freedom, innovation, solidarity or inclusion – core European values discussed in the context of practical issues: Free Trade; Protectionism; Intellectual Property; Individual Freedom; Health Care; Public Interest; Education; …
Panel 2 – Local Hot Topics
FMRS 2018 will also feature a national panel discussing the most important affairs of the respective country. International top speakers, renowned economists, leading politicians and prominent business leaders will join the Road Show to discuss these crucial topics with local leaders.