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This Debate

Godfrey Barker, Theodore Dalrymple, Charles Saumarez Smith. Samira Ahmed hosts.

All the signs are that Europe's era of economic dominance is over, as Asian economies continue to forge ahead. But will Europe's global cultural influence decline inevitably as a consequence? Can European culture retain its unique role even as its economic power evaporates? And if so how?

The Panel

Royal Academy chief exec Charles Saumarez Smith, art critic and commentator Godfrey Barker, and Standpoint commentator Theodore Dalrymple debate the future of European culture.

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  • Godfrey Barker
    The Pitch
    Great art is driven by passion and genius.
  • Charles Saumarez Smith
    The Pitch
    Art only flourishes with money.
  • Theodore Dalrymple
    The Pitch
    European culture is in terminal decline.
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Does money matter?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Does art promote democracy?
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    The rise of China
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