The expansive exchange of ideas, different points of view and opposing opinions among the participants was the main characteristic of this seminar. Students not only had the opportunity to inform themselves of the European crisis and to expand their knowledge in respect to the more technical aspects of the European crisis, but also to enlarge their perceptions of other European countries. The next seminar will be held in Paris in early March 2013.
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), together with the Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Grenobles, the Chair for South-East European History of Humboldt University and the CDRSEE piloted a dialogue project between young French, Greek and German citizens, in particular, PhD and Master students from Humboldt-Universitat Berlin, Institut für History, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (Sciences Po), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science, Faculty of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Media Studies) and the University of Macedonia (Department of International and European Studies).
This seminar was the first in a series of three seminars in France, Germany and Greece - a tri-national project. This particular initiative aimed at exploring how the young generation perceives the crisis, enabling a deeper analysis of the crisis and offering youth an opportunity to discuss their views with public policy makers and private economy decision-takers.
Issues discussed within working groups during this first seminar included the following: Viewpoints – comparative views to the crisis in Europe, Greece in the European meshwork of the 20th century – the inner dynamics, the French-German Tandem and the crisis: the political and economic strategies of an unlikely couple, Financial crisis? Debt crisis? Trade balance crisis? Monetary crisis? Political crisis? Cultural crisis? Crisis of trust? What role does nationalism/populism and a thereby connected radicalisation in the crisis play? What new developments foster this process? Financial politics in Europe: budgets in between national responsibility and European dependence? Leaving the Euro: a solution? Civic responsibility: the role of civic society in the crisis, The crisis and globalisation: to what extent are international economics and politics linked with each other and what economic and political interdependencies can be observed? What is the European idea for the 21st century?