The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) has opened an office in Athens. The inaugural reception on the occasion took place at the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University. Many prominent guests accepted the invitation of the Foundation, among which were high-ranking Greek liberal politicians such as Thodoros Skylakakis MEP, Stefanos Manos (pictures on the right), Thanos Tzimeros and Gregoris Vallianatos.
Other attendants included liberal journalist Paschos Mandravelis, members from liberal think tanks and NGOs as well as the German Ambassador Wolfgang Dold and German Member of Parliament and vice-chairman of the German-Greek parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Dr. Erwin Lotter MP (both pictured below).
The vice-chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort, offered the welcome remarks, expressing his confidence on the Foundation’s work “for closer civil society co-operation” in the crisis-ridden country. The key note speech was addressed by the distinguished Professor of the University of Athens, Aristides Hatzis, who spoke about “A liberal Agenda for Greece”. Professor Hatzis highlighted the potentials of the Hellenic society to do a liberal turn and pointed several sectors where such a turn could apply.
On Friday (April 12), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in collaboration with the “Forum for Greece” and the support of European Expression Youth, hosted a conference on “North-South relations in the EU”. The main speakers for this event were Kostis Hatzidakis, Minister for Development and Infrastructure, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis MEP and Ambassador Dold.
The foundation has been active in Greece since 2012 after having been re-invited to Greece by the Greek government after an absence of almost twenty years. It aims to promote the principle of freedom and the ideas of liberalism in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. Partners in Greece are liberal parties, think tanks and civil society organizations. The office is located in 54 Omirou St.
Markus Kaiser & Athanasios Grammenos