Greeks and Germans debate the future of Europe next Monday

Greeks and Germans in Thessaloniki and Mainz will discuss their shared future as IDEA UK and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung will host their second Greek-German debate on Monday, November 4 at 18:30 CET / 19:30 EET on the topic Europe: Political Union or Trade Bloc?The debate is part of the Dialogue Without Borders series that started this summer with a debate that took place concurrently in Patras and Hamburg. The guest speakers are:

  • In favour of political union: Constantin Schuessler (Maastricht University), Nikos Vrantzis (Young European Federalists), 
  • In favour of trade bloc: Stratos Karakassides (Greek Association of Political and Economic Science Students), Malte Kilian (JGU Mainz)

The venues are:

  • In Thessaloniki: Goethe-Institut, Vassilissis Olgas 66
  • In Mainz: Historisches Institut, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

You can watch the debate live and find out more about this series on our project website at the projectAs Greece and Germany dominate each other’s headlines and political discourse due to the financial crisis and the subsequent bail-outs, we aim to tackle the fact that polarised, uninformed and populist opinions tend to turn the citizens of one country against the other, while there is very little to any engagement between the politics or society of the two countries.Taking advantage of live streaming technology, we aim to host a series of public debates in each public country. These public debates will take place concurrently in Greece and Germany. There will be two participants and a moderator in each live location, where one of the speakers will be for a given motion and the other will be against.Linking public events in both countries allows us to create interactive discursive spaces with a live audience, increasing the impact of the public event as such and informing public opinion on the different perspectives on the issues that affect the relationship between Greece and Germany.Dialogue without Borders is a partnership between the International Debate Education Association (UK) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, supported by the Debating Society of Greece, DCJG Mainz and RadioMOF.