Kaum sind die Bilder von nächtlichen Sitzungen im EU-Ratsgebäude und im Athener Parlament von Flüchtlingselend auf Kos und Lesbos abgelöst, kaum ist die erste Tranche des neuen Hilfspakets über 13 Mrd. Euro an die Hellenische Republik ausgezahlt, tritt Alexis Tsipras zurück und führt so Neuwahlen herbei. Es wird nie langweilig in Griechenland, auch wenn sich die Ereignisse zu wiederholen scheinen. Continue reading
The Federal Ministry for Health, the Ministry of Family Affairs, the Federal Center for Health Education, the Anti-Discrimination Agency, the State Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing … in one way or another, all those ministries and subordinate agencies support LGBT issues in Germany. Gays and lesbians from Greece are not that lucky. Matter of fact, there is not a single Greek authority accepting competence for the LGBT community. Public funding for LGBT projects is thus rare, if not non-existent.
As the elections for regions and municipalities in Greece on 18 & 25 May are approaching rapidly, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) invited young citizens from across the country to participate in a three day seminar about the strategic planning of an election campaign. The seminar’s goal was to train liberal-minded candidates on how to organize their campaigns the best way possible, how to bring across their message efficiently, and thus how to maximize the political impact of their candidateship.
Gregory Vallianatos, who presented his campaign yesterday, is the first liberal politician running for the office of Mayor of Athens. The 58 year-old journalist and human rights activist wants to break the dominance of the two traditional parties New Democracy and PASOK in the local elections in May 2014.
The native Athenian, who heads the list of “Athina Diamantopetra”, is also Greece’s first openly gay politician. In November 2013 he enforced before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the legal title of “registered partnership” in Greece must also be open to same-sex couples.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) co-hosted yet another successful event with the Greek chapter of the “Students for Liberty” in Thessaloniki as around a hundred guests attended the debate about “individual liberty and the right to marry and adopt for the same-sex couples”. The panel discussion came at a very accurate time given the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to declare Greece’s statutory rule for the status of marriage for same sex couples as a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.