For the last two years, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) has put emphasis on educating young people in Greece in political thought. The current debt crisis in the country has revealed many weaknesses not only in the economic, but also in the political field. So far, two “Liberal Youth Seminars” conducted in 2013 dealt with the evolution of liberal identity over time, the reforms necessary in Greece and the crucial role of active young citizens for implementing them.
One of the outcomes of the seminars is the prized publication “Young Greeks on the Crisis”. The brochure features five essays – in Greek and English – written by some of the seminars’ graduates. In their texts, the contributors discuss the situation in their country from an historical, economic, political, institutional and legalistic perspective.
The book was recently presented for the first time to the public in the town of Moschato (in between Athens and Piraeus), attracting around 400 guests. The keynote speech was held by Hans Stein, FNF’s Director of International Political Dialogue. He presented the book and highlighted the importance of political education to young people since it raises awareness of democracy, liberty and active citizenship among the future generation.
A panel discussion with two authors of “Young Greeks on the Crisis” and some prominent participants followed. Apostolos Siokas, co-author of the book and member of the city council of Moschato-Tavros, Vicky Missira, co-author and PhD Candidate at Panteion University, Vicky Chantzi, anchorwoman for Alpha TV, and Panagiotis Gennimatas, Honorary Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, all shared their views on the involvement of young people in politics. It was Panagiotis Gennimatas who concluded self-critically: “We, the older generation, should admit that we failed in creating a modern and competitive Greece. Now it is up to the young generation to turn the political culture in this country around, which is why the support of young, politically active people is crucial for Greece.“
The event was saluted by the Mayor of Moschato-Tavros, Andreas Eftymiou. The panel discussion was moderated by Athanasios Grammenos, Programme Assistant of FNF Greece.
Pictures: FNF Greece