FNF Greece: “Moving Greece Forward” goes America – Initiating a dialogue in times of crisis

DSC03556Five winners of the essay competition “Moving Greece Forward” endowed by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), the Greek Liberties Monitor and KEFIM-Markos Dragoumis were invited to a study trip to Washington DC. An independent jury had selected the five winners out of more than fifty submissions. In Washington, the young authors below the age of 35 were able to share their visions for the future of Greece with interested American dialogue partners. In addition, the participants spent the week discovering Americans perspectives on Greece and learning about the upcoming 2016 Presidential elections.

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Michaela Paskarou – Generation 1.5 Greeks


PaskarouMichaela Paskarou (24) is a student of Political Science and International Relations who would like to pursue a career in Human Rights. Currently, her aim is to continue with post-graduate studies in International RelatPaskarou_01ions and Diplomacy. Her parents moved to Greece from Moldova in the early 1990s.

Moving to and growing up in Greece has been a challenging, but also an enriching, experience. It has helped shape my core beliefs, and ultimately what I have become – a world citizen. Continue reading

Nancy Fanara – Knowledge is participation

FanaraNancy Fanara (32) is a political scientist. She has studied Political Science and European Studies at the Universities of Athens and Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III). Since 2010 she works as a journalist and would very much like to pursue this career.

“No thief, however skilful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”

L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of OzFanara_01

Greece is in its fifth year of the “memorandum” and its seventh year of recession. Every time that we have thought we had come to the end of a particular period and left behind us the errors of the past, we discover that those errors are still with us, reminding us that the important changes have not yet been implemented. Continue reading

Georgios Iliopoulos – e-Greece moving forward


Iliopoulos_01George Iliopoulos (23) has studied informatics & telecommunications at the University of Athens. In 2013 he worked as a trainee in the European Parliament in Brussels. He wants to continue his studies on e-Governance and is very interested in European affairs.

For yet another year, Greece is trying to overcome a multi-faceted crisis with many and varied consequences. The negative traits of an entire society have now become obvious, as has the imperative need for radical reforms in the direction of development and growth in every sector of modern life. The failed practices of the past must be overcome at any cost, while the productive process, which has been interwoven with the huge, slow and inefficient state mechanism, must, at last, be modernised. Continue reading

Sophia Tsellou – The financial crisis

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The financial crisis: Wrong Philosophy and Denial of Change

Tsellou_01Sophia Tsellou (31) is a political scientist and economist. She is specialized in labour relations and in the application of social policy programs. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Peloponnese and currently works at the Parliamentary Budget Office


After four years of strict austerity Greece is at a zero starting-point. The negative consequences of the crisis are affecting the Greek society more than ever. Even though there were some signs of recovery of the economy in 2014, the future course of the country seems, unfortunately, doubtful. The main factors creating such doubt are the fact that structural reforms and fiscal convergence remain in limbo, as well as the inability to reach an agreement with the institutions. The economic and social system is experiencing a cataclysm that threatens to destroy the healthy part of economic enterprise that has managed, up to now, to survive, despite the many difficulties. Continue reading

Georgios Kokkolis – Urban Sprawl and Debt Sprawl – Two sides of the same coin

KokkolisKokkolis_01George Kokkolis (27) is a political scientist. Since 2014 he is the Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Rafina-Pikermi. In 2012, he was awarded with the “Charlemagne Youth Prize” from the City of Aachen for his activities in European projects. He is interested in continuing his career in local and national politics.

In our attempts to envisage a modern, powerful Greece, we usually focus on the country’s macroeconomic performance and growth model, stressing factors such as market economy, investments, and the quality level of services. But all the scenarios, however ambitious, do not take into account a crucial parameter, which, if turned to account, could operate as a catalyst in all aspects of what we call “New Greece”. I refer to the Greek cities themselves and their form. Continue reading