Wachstum für Griechenland – Vom Mentalitäts- zum Strukturwandel

Unter Teilnahme hochrangiger Gäste hat der stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Karl-Heinz Paqué, am Montag in Athen eine Reformagenda für mehr Wachstum in Griechenland vorgestellt.

FPG_9645Das Wachstumspapier wurde von dem an der Magdeburger Otto-von-Guericke-Universität lehrenden Paqué gemeinsam mit dem griechischen Ökonomen Aristos Doxiadis entwickelt und benennt die zehn wichtigsten ökonomischen Stellschrauben für mehr Wirtschaftswachstum in dem krisengeschüttelten EU-Mitgliedstaat. Zudem verlangt es von griechischen Meinungsbildnern und Entscheidungsträgern, eine neue Geisteshaltung zu verinnerlichen und vorzuleben, damit notwendige Reformen mittelfristig auch von der griechischen Bevölkerung mitgetragen werden.

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Moving Greece Forward

Essay Competition Raising Youth’s Concerns

More than fifty young Greek participants in the essay contest “Moving Greece Forward” – organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), the Liberty Forum of Greece (KEFIM-Markos Dragoumis) and Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM) – voiced their concerns, their thoughts and suggestions to create a better future for their home country. Continue reading

FNF Greece: Breaking the cycle of crises

Foto SargentSince the economic crisis started in 2009, Greece’s GDP has dropped by more than 22 percent. More than half of its youth is unemployed. While there have been numerous short-term fixes proposed, too little attention has been given to the structural reforms which would ensure that Greece can break the cycle of crises and return to economic prosperity.

On 19 May 2015, the Emergency Economic Summit of Greece (EESG) brought together leading economists and reformers to present a plan to implement the much-needed structural reforms. Among the speakers were Nobel Laureate Thomas J. Sargent, Nicholas Economides and the Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis.

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FNF Greece: “Emergency Economic Summit for Greece” stirs up unprecedented media coverage

Besides #eesg being one of the top five hashtags in Greece for the entire day, the liberal “Emergency Economic Summit for Greece” (EESG), which the FNF co-hosted with several American and Greek partners, was also a hot topic in the Greek media:

The biggest Greek news agency ANA-MPA highlights the keynote speech given by the Greek Minister of Finance Yiannis Varoufakis. The minister is quoted by saying that “getting the next loan tranche could not be an end in itself” and that “Greece’s best interests were not served by lurching from bailout to bailout, or from memorandum to memorandum”. Even if the overcoming of the perpetual “culture of memoranda” was also the objective of the EESG, Varoufakis and the liberal experts were miles apart about the ways to do so: FinMin Varoufakis: ‘Our goal is a final and comprehensive solution’

The reform-oriented newspaper Kathimerini presents the confrontation between Varoufakis and Thomas J. Sargent, Nobel laureate in Economics, with columnist Yannis Palaiologos calling it a “clash of two cosmo-theories”. For the third-biggest newspaper in Greece, Varoufakis only repeated the arguments for the causes of the crisis, especially the American “estate bubble”, but neglecting the costs of the Greek public sector. Thomas J. Sargent received applause when he noted that Varoufakis spoke about “the Great Depression of the Greek state, not of the Greek economy.” He also doubted if the Greek government realized the consequences of a suspension of payments for its compatriots: Αντιπαράθεση Σάρτζεντ-Βαρουφάκη με φόντο την ελληνική κρίση Continue reading