FNF Greece: The Greek government is running out of time, again

by Nicos Rompapas, Executive Director KEFIM-Markos Dragoumis

Negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors remain in a stalemate, but time is running out. For months members of the government have been stating that Greece has fulfilled its commitments for the second compliance review of reforms and economic progress and that just a few issues remain open. But last week Bloomberg published a leaked letter signed by the Greek Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos stating that just a third of the required measures have been passed, another third is in the process of being passed and the last and most challenging third is still under discussion. Continue reading

FNF Greece: “Defending Individual Freedoms in Times of Turmoil”

img_3571It is a custom in Greece to welcome the New Year with the cutting of the traditional Greek New Year’s Pie (“Vasilopita”). This year Lakis Gavalas, a well-known and controversial Greek fashion designer whose work is internationally recognized, paid a visit to FNF Greece’s annual Vasilopita event and shared his thoughts on freedom and the arts. Continue reading

Das kleine Zypern als Spielball großer Interessen


In Genf finden gegenwärtig Verhandlungen über die Wiedervereinigung Zyperns statt. Politiker aller Seiten werden nicht müde zu betonen, dass es „eine historische Gelegenheit“ sei, den Zypernkonflikt ein für alle Mal zu lösen. Doch derartige Gelegenheiten gab es schon öfters, und immer sind sie gescheitert.

Geradezu euphorisch schien der zuletzt arg gebeutelte EU-Kommissionspräsident zu sein: Alle Zyprer seien EU-Bürger, ließ Jean-Claude Juncker in Genf verlautbaren, was offiziell gar nicht stimmt, da der Acquis Communautaire, also die Gesamtheit des gültigen EU-Rechts, nur für den Teil Zyperns gilt, „der faktisch der Kontrolle der Regierung der Republik Zypern unterliegt“. Konkret bedeutet dies, dass türkischen Zyprern die Unionsbürgerschaft versagt bleibt, obwohl völkerrechtlich die gesamte Mittelmeerinsel, auf der rund eine Million Menschen leben, zur Europäischen Union gehört. Continue reading

FNF Greece: Η ελευθερία της Τέχνης και η τέχνη της ελευθερίας 

Δευτέρα, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2017
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Τοποθεσία: Musique Café, Αρριανού 37 & Αρχελάου, 11635, Παγκράτι

capture_001_20012017_12150420.00h – Χαιρετισμός
Αναστάσιος Καραμπογιάς, Απόφοιτος Φιλελεύθερων Σεμιναρίων Νέων

20.15h – Ομιλία
Λάκης Γαβαλάς, Σχεδιαστής μόδας – καλλιτέχνης

Η ελεύθερη έκφραση είναι εκ των ων ουκ άνευ της Τέχνης γι’ αυτό κάθε καλλιτέχνης πρέπει να είναι ελεύθερος να εκθέσει τις ιδέες του χωρίς περιορισμούς ή εμπόδια. Σε μια ταραχώδη εποχή όπως αυτή, η συμβολή των καλλιτεχνών είναι απαραίτητη διότι μπορεί να ρίχνει φως στα κοινωνικά και πολιτικά ζητήματα από μια άλλη οπτική. Continue reading

FNF Greece: Embracing liberalism as a part of the Greek soul

img_3271klThe Romans used to say that Greek texts, written in a very difficult language, could not be read. However, it were the Greeks whose political thought became the foundation of what we call today “Western Civilization”. Great Greek philosophers invented the notion of citizenship, the democratic system and justice according to the rule of law. The essence of Greek liberal thought was very recently incorporated in the “Little Storybook of Greek Liberalism”, and published – in Greek – by KEFIM-Markos Dragoumis and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The book includes 15 texts from the notorious works of ancient, Byzantine and Modern Greek thinkers. Continue reading

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 GauckContinue reading

FNF Greece: Young Greeks learn and discuss about the refugee crisis

img_3855klThe emerging challenges for Greece and the EU through the refugee crisis have been the focal points of this year’s Liberal Youth Seminars. The successful series was organized for another consecutive year with the support of IMEDA and ALBA College in downtown Athens. For three weeks 18 active young leaders studied the concept of liberal leadership and effective ways to work on such important issues as the refugee situation in Europe. Continue reading