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Seven debates are being held in 2008 on living together in diversity

This European year of intercultural dialogue includes a series of debates between European Commissioners and parliamentarians, representatives of interest groups and think tanks, journalists and students on how the EU can foster dialogue between cultures.

The next, to be held on 14 May, will deal with interfaith dialogue – highly topical given widening ethnic divisions and the rise of religious fundamentalism. The focus of this third debate is on promoting respect and understanding between races and religions, embracing cultural and religious diversity and bringing people of different faiths and beliefs together.

The first two discussions looked at the impact of immigration on intercultural dialogue, and using art and culture to access and understand other cultures. Four more debates will take place before the end of the year – on intercultural dialogue at the workplace, multilingualism, education and the role of the media.

Anyone can take part in the debates – all you need to do is register. You can also leave comments in the online forum, open one week before and one week after the debate.

Take advantage of this European year of intercultural dialogue to share your ideas on improving relations between cultures and faiths. As well as the debates, there'll be events focusing on youth, culture and citizenship, and national projects in the EU countries.

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