Grigoris Aggelidis MdB Delivers Keynote Speech in Athens
Four years has been far too long without the liberals in the Bundestag. Nevertheless, it proved enough time for FDP to restart the party, renew its social contract and allow new, dynamic members emerge and convey the liberal message across Germany and the entire Europe. One exemplary case is Mr Grigorios Aggelidis (MdB) from Hannover. Born in Neustadt, the son of immigrants from Greece, Aggelidis represents the new and promising political staff of the liberal family. A banker, an active member of civil society and the President of FC Walker, he entered politics to defend hope and freedom in what he considered a stagnant social environment. He joined the party only in 2012 and by 2017 he was elected Member of the Bundestag, where he currently serves as the vice-chairman of the Committee on Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Continue reading →
Presentation and discussion of the book “Young People in Europe” by Young Liberals-Greece
The world is changing rapidly while stereotypes are collapsing. The new generation is seeking new roles and identity, beyond conservative determination and assumptions. In addition, emerging challenges such as climate change and economic inequality are rapidly growing and exceeding expectations.
Certain surveys, such as theEurobarometer-EY2016, emphasize that although young people are not actively involved in politics, they do have a profound political perception. This suggests that while they are concerned with political issues, they do not find fitting political channels of expression. Continue reading →
The future is here. The world is changing rapidly while stereotypes are collapsing. The new generation is seeking new roles and identity, beyond the conservative determination and assumptions. The emerging challenges are for the first time greater than the human size: we cannot deal with climate change locally and if we do not deal with it at all, the consequences for humanity will be dramatic; economic inequalities are not met only in countries with economic and political problems but they have reached even the most developed ones and, as they grow, democracy is losing its political substance, facing the threats of populism; security combined with open society was an „experiment“ that worked for years, but now it is considered incompatible from both extremes of the political spectrum, that nowadays see their influence increasing, generating risks for the liberal global order as we knew it.
Certain surveys (see: Eurobarometer-EY2016), emphasise that although young people keep a distance from politics, they do have a profound political perception. This suggests that while they are concerned with political issues, they do not find the most fitting political channels of expression. Here lies the great responsibility for the liberals: we must clearly (re-) articulate our values, especially in the areas of human and civil rights, democracy, social market economy and European integration. It is also crucial to tackle populism in its essence and isolate the elements of the „extreme centre,” that distort the spirit of the theory of liberalism.
At the beginning of its second period in Greece (2012), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom understood the call of many young people for proper means of conduct for a broad, open, mature and permanent political discourse that will enlighten and educate democratic, progressive and liberal citizens. Responding to this need, we established a political academy which, since 2013, has been organizing liberal seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the country.
Over the years, hundreds of students, young professionals, journalists and councillors have been trained, many of whom have participated in pan-European forums and events. Continue reading →
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 →
It 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 →
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’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 Gauck. Continue reading →