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In the last weekend of October, MCC students took part in London’s Battle of Ideas Festival. Nearly 100 panel discussions were held over the course of the two-day event, which brought together over 2500 participants. MCC’s group was comprised of students from a variety of fields, which matched the diverse range of topics at the festival.

The festival’s central themes included key issues affecting British society and effecting public life, and included questions relating to economy, culture, the arts, technology, education, and everyday family life.

Besides the satirist and political commentator Konstantin Kisin, the festival also featured the political analyst Ivan Krastev and Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Political Science at the University of Kent. Mathias Corvinus Collegium was represented as well by several MCC Brussels researchers and academics, who were invited to speak at the conference.

As the aim of the event was to promote the culture of freedom of expression and respectful debate, the audience had the opportunity to hear the opinions of experts with very different views. During the discussions, members of the public were also given the chance to express their thoughts and ask questions.