Montesquieu Institute: from science to society

Democracy in Debate

In order to contribute to the public and political debate about democracy, the Montesquieu Institute, ProDemos, Press centre Nieuwspoort and Filmhuis The Hague organize activities about current (political) affairs and interesting themes. These events take place in The Hague.

The debates in Press centre Nieuwspoort take place on the first Wednesday of the month. Journalist Max van Weezel moderates the discussion to which a scientist, journalist and politicians contribute. Usually the panel consists of three or four speakers.

Every second Tuesday of the month, the Politics Cafes in Studio Dudok take place. Usually two experts are being interviewed. The public is also invited to actively participate in the discussion.

The Film & Debate evenings are held regularly on the third Thursday of the month. On these evenings, people are stimualted to look at films from a political perspective. Afterwards, the topic will be discussed with politicians and other experts.

For further information we kindly refer you to the Dutch version of our website by clicking on 'Nederlands'in the right upper corner of this page.



Upcoming activities

Debate in Nieuwspoort 01-11-2017
Politics Café 14-11-2017


Former activities

Film & Debate: 'De vergeten krijgers' 19-10-2017
Politics Café 10-10-2017
Debate in Nieuwspoort 04-10-2017
Politics Café: Pimp de Troonrede 2017 18-09-2017
Film & Debate 14-09-2017
Film & Debate 07-09-2017
The green battle: the Netherlands on the road to sustainability 06-09-2017
Debate in Nieuwspoort 05-07-2017
Politics Café: Freedom versus safety - civil rights in danger? 13-06-2017
Debate in Nieuwspoort 07-06-2017
Film & Debate: I am not your negro 18-05-2017
Politics Café: Europe - dream or reality? 09-05-2017
Film & Debate: Austerlitz 20-04-2017
Politics Café 11-04-2017
Debate in Nieuwspoort 05-04-2017
Politics Café 07-03-2017
Debate in Nieuwspoort 01-03-2017
Film & Debate: Chez nous 16-02-2017
Politics Café: How do I survive the election campaign? 14-02-2017
Debate in Nieuwspoort 01-02-2017
Politics Café 13-12-2016
Debate in Nieuwspoort 07-12-2016
Film & Debate 17-11-2016
Politics Café 15-11-2016
Debate in Nieuwspoort 02-11-2016
Politics Café: Europe's new battle 11-10-2016
Politics Café 19-09-2016
Film & Debate: Weiner 15-09-2016
Film & Debate 08-09-2016
Debate in Nieuwspoort 07-09-2016
Debate: Review Dutch presidency of the EU 06-07-2016
Politics Café 14-06-2016
Debate in Nieuwspoort 01-06-2016
Politics Café 10-05-2016
Politics Café 12-04-2016
Government communication: a service for democracy? 06-04-2016
Film & Debate 14-03-2016
Politics Café: Female leadership in 2016 08-03-2016
The Ukraine-referendum in perspective 02-03-2016
Film & Debate: The Mission 18-02-2016
Politics Café 09-02-2016
Debate in Nieuwspoort 03-02-2016
Politics Café 08-12-2015
Debate in Nieuwspoort 02-12-2015
Ice and the Sky: film and debate 19-11-2015
Politics Café 10-11-2015
One year Tusk, Juncker, Schulz 04-11-2015
Below the Surface: film and debate 22-10-2015
Politics Café 13-10-2015
Debate in Nieuwspoort 07-10-2015
Politics Café 14-09-2015
The Dictator: film and debate 11-09-2015
Timbuktu: film and debate 10-09-2015
Debate in Nieuwspoort 02-09-2015
Politics Café 09-06-2015
Debate in Nieuwspoort 03-06-2015
Citizenfour: film and debate 28-05-2015
Politics Café 12-05-2015
Those Who Feel the Fire Burning: film and debate 23-04-2015
Politics Café: Freedom of expression 14-04-2015
'Profit-thinking and public interests' 01-04-2015
Stand by your president: film and debate 14-03-2015
Politics Café 10-03-2015
Nationale verkiezingen en Eurosceptische geluiden 04-03-2015
Politics Café 10-02-2015
Debate 'Regional elections, national battle' 04-02-2015
National interests in an international world 03-12-2014
Politics Café about Children's Rights 20-11-2014
Debate 'Rutte II: Stable or not? 05-11-2014
Politics Café - The simplification of the tax system 16-10-2014
Debate 'Old politics and new media' 01-10-2014
Politics Café 18-09-2014
Debate 'Instability in the Middle East' 03-09-2014
Politics Café 19-06-2014
Het schaakspel om Europese macht 04-06-2014
Politics Café 15-05-2014
Liberation Day: film & debate 27-04-2014
Politics Café 'Bugged' 17-04-2014
Which direction for the European Union? 02-04-2014
Politics Café 'Municipal elections' 20-03-2014
The duty of political parties 05-03-2014
Local elections and decentralisations 20-02-2014
Municipal elections overshadowed by national politics? 05-02-2014
Health: your own care? 08-11-2013
Fortress Europe dismantled? 06-11-2013
What's best: development aid or trade? 11-10-2013
Use and necessity of the Dutch Senate 02-10-2013
Bron van transparantie of informatiemachine? 04-09-2013
Will euroscepticism dominate the European elections? 03-07-2013
The invisible power in the Hague 14-06-2013
Happy with the Dutch polder model? 05-06-2013
Hannah Arendt 01-05-2013
The Monarchy: now and in the future 27-04-2013
Politics and the Internet: freedom or Big Brother? 12-04-2013
Is the Senate becoming too powerful? 03-04-2013
Citizen initiatives: allowing or requiring more? 15-03-2013
Should the Netherlands support Cameron? 06-03-2013
Is a prime minister who is continuously apologising acceptable? 06-02-2013
Emotions govern? 01-02-2013
Is there still room for religious minorities? 09-11-2012
Van Rompuy's Masterplan: the right direction? 07-11-2012
The position of judges 12-10-2012
Cabinet Formation: We can do it ourselves 03-10-2012
A debate on the role of spindoctors 05-09-2012
Does the House of Parliament still have a collective memory? 04-07-2012
Politics as a toy for the media (and the other way around) 08-06-2012
Will the political centre rise again? 06-06-2012
New generations in the political arena 25-05-2012
Ideals in the modern democracy 11-05-2012
Is the credit crisis a democratic crisis? 13-04-2012
10 years after Fortuyn 04-04-2012
Political parties searching for their role 16-03-2012
The significance of opinion polls 13-03-2012
A politicised judiciary? 01-02-2012
Are the media still the watchdog of democracy? 15-09-2011
Your rule of law is not mine 08-06-2011
Implosion of the political centre 13-04-2011
Debate about Dutch regional elections 01-03-2011