The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) constantly supports liberal and libertarian student movements all around the world. As a significant part of this movement, the Greek chapter of the European Students for Liberty (ESfL) has shown quite a substantial development within the last years, with many new students actively participating in its events. To show that there is a considerable liberal movement among Greek students, for the first time ever the Greek chapter was assigned with the organization of an international “regional conference“ for Southeastern Europe which took place in Thessaloniki on 21 November.
More than 150 students gathered for a day full of liberal food for thought. Some of them came from Greek university cities like Athens, Thessaloniki and Komotini, a great number also from neighboring countries such as Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and even Italy. The fields discussed during the conference included the economic crisis of the Eurozone, the increase of young entrepreneurship, and of course liberal bread & butter topics such as immigration, civil rights and gender equality issues.
One of the keynote speakers was Dr. Detmar Doering, author and director of the “Liberal Institute”, who gave a well-received speech about the essence of freedom, not only in politics but also in social life as well. Doering argued that in the last few centuries the circle of those deserving freedom expanded. However, evolution continues and more progress is necessary also in the fields of equality to all men and women regardless of race, colour or sexual orientation.
In parallel “think tank” workshops, the FNF organized a seminar on implementing liberal political strategies with Athanasios Grammenos, coordinator of FNF’s Liberal Youth Seminars and Project Assistant in Athens.
Pictures: FNF Greece