A further step towards a more structured and integrated liberal movement in Greece was taken thanks to the accession of the Young Liberals of Greece to the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC). Since LYMEC’s spring congress, which recently took place in the city of Stockholm, the youth organisation which represents liberal and progressive young Greeks is now an associate member of the official youth wing of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party.
At the conference the Young Liberals were represented by their Chairman George-Marinos Papanikolaou and Natalia Grammenos, who serves as International Officer of the youth organisation. They had the opportunity to present their initiative and share their thoughts on the situation in their home country.
The Young Liberals are the first Greek organization to join LYMEC. This very fact has a two-way added value: for the Greek youth new opportunities for pan-European cooperation open up, while all other European youth organisations finally have a direct contact in Greece.
“Our membership to LYMEC comes to justify our efforts to form a cohesive liberal youth agenda for Greece”, stresses George-Marinos Papanikolaou. “We intend to keep up the hard work making our values more known in our communities and supporting a widespread grassroots movement. Although the Greeks traditionally are liberal-minded, the society was polarized during the economic crisis. We believe that a liberal spring is not far.”
The Congress also voted in favour of welcoming Mladé ANO (Czech Republic), UDI Jeunes (France), Forum Mladih – Naša Stranka (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Młodzi Nowocześni (Poland) as associate members in LYMEC. The inclusion of so many new members clearly shows that liberalism is alive and kicking throughout Europe.