FNF Greece: Forstering liberal youth activism in difficult environments

hhtj9804FNF’s Liberal Youth Seminars are an integral part of our work in Greece. Young people get educated about liberalism’s core positions and also learn how to promote their ideas effectively. Recently, several graduates from various seminar cycles joined forces to form a liberal youth think-tank. To facilitate their efforts and get them in contact with other European youth organizations, FNF Greece invited some of them to a study trip to Berlin on the occasion of the high-level conference “Re-shaping Europe”. The conference on the future of the European Union took place with the presence of very important speakers, among which the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck

The Greek delegation attended the conference and participated actively in the afternoon youth conference together with representatives from many EU and third countries. In the respective workshops they joined many roundtables discussing important topics such as economy, foreign policy and EU governance. Likewise, they shared views with young liberals from from across the world, providing them with first-hand feedback about the situation in Greece.

img_3050The following day was dedicated to political dialogue. The young Greeks had a working breakfast with Svenja Hahn, Vice-President of LYMEC, presenting her their think-tank’s structure as well as its future goals. The discussion was very fruitful and the two sides found common ground for further cooperation.

Afterwards, the delegation visited the headquarters of “Junge Liberale”, the youth branch of Germany’s Free Democratic Party. They met with the director Frederic Schneider and discussed politics for youth in Greece and Germany. The Greek team was very interested in the administration of an organization as big as the JuLis as well as in its funding methods.

img_3068In the afternoon they met with members of FDP Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain who managed to raise the party’s latest election result by almost four percent. The liberal activists from one of Berlin’s most famous districts delivered a presentation about Kreuzberg, mentioning that it is a rather difficult environment for liberals. However, continuing with the objectives and their political strategy, they showed that nothing is impossible as long as you stick to it.

In the end, the participants stated that they absorbed lots of new information and stimuli, and they return to Greece with the motivation for an even more active involvement in social affairs.

Athanasios Grammenos
Pictures: FNF Greece