It was the island of Crete that the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the European Students for Liberty identified as the ideal location for its “Greek Microstate Conference”. 55 Students from 15 different countries gathered in the city of Chania to discuss the pro’s and con’s of limited government and the benefits of microstates.
The topic of limited state influence perfectly matched with the alleged “autonomy” of Greek islands – at least the autarchy of an island like Crete inspired all guests to think about new concepts of statehood. “The speakers were highly competent and choosing this topic showed great results as the discussions and debates were just astonishing”, said Milica Kostic from the European Students for Liberty. “Most of the participants are in some way involved in creating micro states, so this way of sharing experiences and knowledge within a small group of experts showed great success.”
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation was particularly happy that Athanasios Tsiouras, a lawyer and activist with the liberal Greek think tank “KEFIM-Markos Dragoumis”, presented the recently published policy paper “Enclaves of Freedom and Development: A Proposal for the Operation of a Special Economic Zone in Greece” which was developed by a group of liberal law students from Athens.
Project Manager FNF Greece