Liberalism, Politics and Diaspora: Europe’s Success Story 

Liberalism is the advocate of free movement. The opportunities provided in the framework of the European Union have benefited not only the individuals who move to work, study or travel, but also the very states themselves, enriching their societies with new skills and capacities. The emerged European diasporas have become a link of friendship and partnership among states symbolizing how much we can achieve together. They are ambassadors of the European identity and they have the ability to promote political and economic transformation from an institutional and discursive perspective.

In this liberal Europe, the children of immigrants have equal opportunities, even to become a Member of Parliament just like Grigoris Aggelidis MdB, a German politician (FDP) of Greek origin. In this event, we invite him to give us a fresh view about the future of liberalism in Europe and Greece. Moreover, we shall discuss the dimensions in the potential contribution to Greece from abroad. What impact can the Greek diaspora have on the country’s development, in our networked era of globalization? How could the Greeks turn the “brain-drain” to “brain-gain”? What should change and what can be improved in order to make Greece competitive again? In the aftermath of the European elections 2019, Mr Aggelidis will offer the perspective of a Northern European who, nevertheless, is well aware of the Greek situation.

 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019
20:30-23:00

Venue: Hotel Amalia, Roof Garden (7th floor), 10 Amalias Ave., 10557, Athens, Greece

 

20:30 – Welcome
Dr. Athanasios Grammenos

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

20:40 – Keyonote Speech
Mr. Grigorios Aggelidis (MdB)

Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP)

21.10-21:30 – Discussion

21:30 Reception

 

If you wish to attend the event, please contact athens@fnst.org.