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“Europe at 60”



Co-organized by Europe Direct, City of Athens

Friday, 7th of April, 19.00h, 50 Akadimias Str. (entrance for Solonos Str.)


“Europe at 60”. Can a rebirth of progressive politics in France and Germany revamp the EU project? 

After the decision for a Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, the tide of extremism seemed to be irresistible. Austria, the Netherlands, France and ultimately Germany were thought to be the next cases, where the forces of Euroscepticism, xenophobia and nationalism would either take over or be strengthened considerably.

However, as the presidential elections in Austria and the Netherlands have showed, the democracies in Europe are still holding up. Even more hopeful seems to be the message of the two social-democratic candidates in France and Germany. Both attract voters throughout the spectrum with a message of a stronger Europe and modernized social-democratic policies in the domestic field. It remains open, if this is a turning point after many years of crisis and dwindling support for Europe, or just the last ascendance of the old political system.

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Athens, the progressive political movement Forward Greece (“Mprosta”), the PES Activists in Greece and the Europe Direct Office of the City of Athens invite you to a discussion with Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Vice-President of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, SPD on the future of progressive politics in the EU.

The discussion will be held in English.

Intro/Moderation: Christos Katsioulis, FES Athens, Director

Input: Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Vice-President of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, SPD

Comments: Panagiotis Vlachos, Forward Greece, Leader

Alexandros Karydis, PES Activists, National Coordinator


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