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North-South Relations in the EU: Clashes of National Stereotypes in a Period of Economic Crisis

Athens, April 12, 2013

Markus Kaiser

FNF Dialogue Programme Brussels
71 Av. de Cortenbergh, bte. 1
1000 Bruxelles, Belgique
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One of the most unwelcome effects of the crisis has been the breaking up of the fragile lines of EU unity. The crisis either revealed or enhanced the existence of national stereotypes. Most characteristic of all was probably the emergence of a “dividing line” between Germans and
Greeks. Even though this re-emergence has been mainly of an emotional character and in response to the new burdens the two nations had to carry because of the crisis, it has lead to policies being formulated in accordance with the notion of the “other” prevailing in each country.

The insistence of policies of austerity for the indebted countries of the South on the part of Germany and “the North” in general, as well as the emergence of more or less extremist parties in Greece who do not only target the Memorandum, but indulge in high anti-German rhetoric,
are the most characteristic examples of this dangerous new trend. Therefore, Forum for Greece, European Expression and Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) will host a thorough discussion on this issue which affects EU Unity, Greek-German relations and policy decisions at the European, Greek, and, particularly, German level.


Royal Olympic Hotel, Athanasiou Diakou 28, Athens 117 43, Greece, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


09.30 Welcoming remarks by Dr. Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort, Vice-Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF)

10.00-11.30 Panel 1: “Resolving the EU Crisis: More or Less EU?” (political panel) Speakers: H.E. Wolfgang Dold, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Hellenic Republic of Greece (tbc) H.E. Kostis Hatzidakis, Minister for Development and Infrastructure of the Hellenic Republic of Greece. Interventions: Konstantinos Fasoulis, Board Member of “European Expression Youth” Despina Afentouli, Member of the Regional Government of Attica Discussion

period 11.30-11.45 Break


Panel 2: “Lazy Greeks and Workaholic Germans: Notions of “the Other” in the Two Cultures” (cultural panel)

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis MEP, German Member of the European Parliament, Aristos Doxiades, economist and author, Athens


Stefan Zeidenitz, Author of the “Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans”, Alexandra Fiada, Author of the “Xenophobe’s Guide to the Greeks”

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Panel 3: “Resolving the Economic Crisis: Methods for Economic Convergence of North and South” (economic panel)


Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué, Minister of Finance of Saxony-Anhalt (ret.), Chair of International Economics, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg Michael Mitsopoulos (Ph.D.) & Prof. Theodore Pelagidis, Authors of “Understanding the Crisis in Greece: From Boom to Bust”


Epameinondas Gousopoulos, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Konstantina Zoehrer, Co-Founder of “Loft2 Social Enterprise”, Athens

Discussion period

16.00 Closing remarks

Γιώργος Καισάριος


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