FNF Greece: Forging tomorrow’s free marketeers


If liberalism is for free market economy, then entrepreneurship stands at its very core. Innovation, private initiative and economic freedom are the most important elements for an individual to grow and for society to prosper.

Greece may still be in crisis, but many of its people dare to invest on themselves seeking opportunities in entrepreneurship. To support young entrepreneurs getting the fundamentals and implementing their own start-up idea, FNF Greece hosted the “3rd Entrepreneurship Academy” in Xylokastro together with various partner organizations. Michael Iakovidis, Co-Founder of the Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM), participated for a day and presented the GLM/FNF co-production “Greek Crisis Success Stories”. Continue reading

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Sikyon Coast, Ξυλόκαστρο, 21-24 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Το Ίδρυμα Φρίντριχ Νάουμαν για την Ελευθερία (FNF) με την υποστήριξη του Ινστιτούτου για την Εκπαίδευση, Διδασκαλία και Ανάπτυξη (ΙΜΕΔΑ) και τη συνεργασία του Κέντρου Εθελοντών Μάνατζερ Ελλάδος (ΚΕΜΕΛ), των Young Liberals, του Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM) και της Αλεξάνρειας Ζώνης Καινοτομίας (ΑΖΚ) διοργανώνουν για 3η χρονιά το εκπαιδευτικό εργαστήριο της Ακαδημίας Επιχειρηματικότητας.

Το πρόγραμμα προσφέρει ένα βιωματικό σεμινάριο με αντικείμενο την οικοδόμηση και λειτουργία μιας επιχειρηματικής ιδέας σε συνθήκες πραγματικής οικονομίας, προσφέροντας ταυτόχρονα τη θεωρητική και την εμπειρική γνώση του επιχειρείν. Continue reading

FNF Greece: Ziemlich beste Freunde

Erst vor zwei Monaten trafen sich Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier und sein griechischer Amtskollege Prokopis Pavlopoulos anlässlich der Documenta-Eröffnung in Athen. Der am Freitag anstehende Gegenbesuch zur Ausstellungseröffnung in Kassel fällt in eine kritische Zeit: Griechenland geht das Geld aus – und Deutschland stellt sich quer.

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Declan Costellos Wort hat Gewicht. Seit Jahren befasst sich der Spitzenbeamte der Generaldirektion „Wirtschaft und Finanzen“ der Europäischen Kommission mit Griechenland, war mehrere Jahre Repräsentant der von den Griechen verachteten „Troika“ in Athen. Auch wenn der Technokrat außerhalb von Brüssels Finanzzirkeln kaum bekannt ist, wird seine Meinung von EU-Kommission und nationalen Finanzministern gleichermaßen geschätzt. Continue reading

FNF Greece: Free Media? – Giving oppressed journalists a voice

Freedom of the Press is the “sine qua non” of democracy. Transparency and a diverse media landscape are prerequisites for a country’s EU perspective, and only a pluralism of opinion and tolerance towards opposing views can ultimately provide an open and free society. Unfortunately over the last years we have witnessed a more restrictive – and in some cases even authoritarian – turn in some countries with EU membership aspirations, especially in the Balkans and Turkey. Continue reading

FNF Greece: Young Liberals become LYMEC member

IMG_1926A 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. Continue reading

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