Our Foundation operates in Greece since 2012. This is the second period of our work in the country, following the "long" 1980s. Our work began with the sovereign debt crisis, supporting liberal agencies to promote certain reforms that would liberate the economy. It continues on 3 thematic pillars: (a) empowerment of civil society; (b) encouragement and advancement of entrepreneurship; and, (c) support to liberal political projects, especially at the local-municipal level of administration. Additionally, since 2013 we run the Liberal Political Academy, an inclusive program for political education for independent individuals.
Media Status and Freedom in Greece
In its 2022 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, Reporters without Borders (RFS) assessed the current state of journalism in 180 countries and territories, while underlying major challenges for media organisations and journalists across the world. Greece “suffered serious setbacks in 2021 and 2022, with journalists regularly prevented from covering issues from migration to Covid-19.
Strengthening bonds between alienated neighbors in the region: Greece, Bulgaria, North Macedonia
SEE in Action, managed to bring together youth organizations from Greece, Bulgaria and North Macedonia with funding and support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. The organizations met in Thessaloniki, Greece and worked intensively on the topic "Education and Employment" from 6 to 8 May 2022. This event is the first of three that make up the entire project “Strengthening bonds between alienated neighbors in the region: Greece, Bulgaria, North Macedonia”.
Refugee Crisis: Pushbacks and harsh sentences for Refugees
Over the previous years and due to the refugee crisis, the Greek islands became known worldwide. More and more people were arriving on the islands trying to escape from the Syrian war while others grab this opportunity to come to Europe for financial or political reasons. Many things have changed since the beginning of the crisis in 2015: The number of people has been decreased and the flows are not so often and numerous.
The Greek minority in Ukraine
According to a Euroskopia survey, 60 percent of the Greek population condemns the Russian attack on Ukraine, but the percentage is much lower than in other European countries. The war has once again divided the Greek population. Support for the Ukrainian people is unquestionable, but in the political debate over whether Greece should continue to supply Ukraine with weapons, there is hesitation to act.
Putin on trial!
In Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, there is now a plethora of international and national institutions and organisations trying to sift through and collect evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and Gerhart Baum have also filed criminal charges against Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin with the Federal Prosecutor General in Karlsruhe.
The role of Greek Actors in the #MeToo Movement
Spyros Bibilas, actor and President of the Union of Actors in Greece, attempts to describe how the pandemic has been perceived by artists in an interview that gave to our Foundation. He speaks about the consequences on their daily work and how they struggled to earn a living during that time. However, Bibilas also points out how the pandemic turned out to be a milestone for the cultural life in Greece, especially in the context of #MeToo.
What if Russia wins?
If Russia succeeds in achieving its goals by military means, it will mean only one thing: terror and repression against the civilian population on a large scale. This will further exacerbate the migration and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and Europe. Ukraine's military victory will be the factor that will reduce the number of problems caused by Russia.To prevent the worst scenario, Russia must be stopped first and foremost militarily, says Andrii Sukharyna.