The Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs

Sunday 12 October 2014

About the Symposium

The Northern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society, the Navarino Network, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, City College, are organizing the 3rd Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs, on October 12, 2014, at Olympion theatre.
The organizers aim to establish the Symposium as an annual prestigious international meeting focusing on political and economic developments in the wider geographical area of Thessaloniki, as well as the whole world. This year's symposium theme is "The World in 2015 and Beyond" and consists of five modules: the European Union in the modern era, the Balkans 100 years after the First World War, the role and position of Germany in Europe and the world, the crisis in Ukraine and the crisis in the eurozone and Greece.
Participants in the Symposium will have the opportunity to listen to expert opinions and converse with prominent figures such as Elmar Brok, MEP and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Laza Kekic, Regional Director for Europe, Economist Intelligence Unit, Gerald Knaus, an expert on issues concerning the European Union's role in the Balkans (European Stability Initiative), Wolfango Piccoli, a leading political analyst (Teneo Intelligence), Andreas Rodder, a historian at the University of Mainz, Kataryna Wolczuk, a political analyst of former Soviet Union countries at the University of Birmingham and Michael Masourakis, a distinguished economist (Alpha Bank). Additionally, video messages will be screened from Daniel Gros, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies, and Miranda Xhafa, former member of the International Monetary Fund.

The Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs, which since the beginning has been well received and highly regarded by the city’s audience and especially its youth, has already created a platform for dialogue on key global political and economic challenges and intends to add Thessaloniki to this dialogue.


Sunday 12/10/2014  



Dimitris Keridis, Director, Navarino Network
Susanna Vogt, Head of Greece Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Nikos Efthymiadis, Former President, Northern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society

Welcoming remarks
Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

" A vision for Europe "

Keynote address by

Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament,
Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs

Speaker's short bio

Introduced by
Giorgos Anastassopoulos, former Vice President of the European Parliament

" Europe and the Balkans 100 years after World War I "

Laza Kekic,
Regional Director for Europe, Economist Intelligence Unit

Speaker's short bio

Gerald Knaus,
Founding chairman, European Stability Initiative

Speaker's short bio


Moderated by
Nikos Zaharis, Director, South-East European Research Center

Lunch break
" Germany in Europe "

Andreas Roedder,
Historian, Professor at the University of Mainz

Speaker's short bio

Introduced by
Susanna Vogt

" The crisis in Ukraine: What next? "

Kataryna Wolczuk,
Reader in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham

Speaker's short bio

Introduced by
Susanna Vogt

" Is the euro-crisis over? The challenges ahead "

Daniel Gros,
Director, Centre for European Policy Studies (recorded message)

Speaker's short bio

Miranda Xafa,
CEO, E.F. Consulting Ltd, Former member of the IMF Executive Board (recorded message)

Speaker's short bio

Michael Massourakis,
Chief economist, Alpha Bank

Speaker's short bio

Wolfango Piccoli,
Managing director, Teneo Intelligence

Speaker's short bio


Moderated by
Dimitris Keridis


The working languages of the Symposium will be Greek and English.

Simultaneous translation will be available.

Certificates of participation will be awarded.



The Venue

Located in the downtown area of Thessaloniki, on the Plateia Aristotelous, Olympion Cinema is a popular cinema hall. The grand facade of the theater, housed in an impressive building that was built in the 1920s, looks especially beautiful in the night, when it is all alight and glowing. The theater is also one of the venues of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.


Ways of Payment

General admission: presale: 5 euros / at entrance: 10 euros

[* presale will start on October 1, 2014]

To buy a ticket you can choose one of the following options:

1st Option
2nd Option
3rd Option
Visit the Navarino Network offices
3, Apellou Street
T. 2310 260 322
Working hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 15:00
With deposit to the following bank account:
Alpha Bank (Navarino Network)
IBAN: GR25 0140 5620 5620 0200 2002 240


Tickets can be also bought from Northern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society, Fragkon 6-8
(office hours: Mon-Fri, 09:00-16:00) T.2310 551 754 | F.2310 551 748 | E.

After purchasing the ticket, please fill in the registration form.

Please make sure that on Sunday 12/10, you arrive at Olympion by 10.15 a.m. in order to get your ticket.

To pick up your tickets, please bring your ID or your student card!






3rd Symposium's Interviews

Photo Slideshow

Video Collection

Elmar Brok


Elmar Brok: "Europe and the Geopolitics: A Currency Zone without Foreign Policy and an Army - For How Long?", Speaking points

Laza Kekic

Gerald Knaus


ESI Report: "Vladimir and Estragon in Skopje. A fictional conversation on trust and standards and a plea on how to break a vicious circle", July 2014

Enlargement reloaded – ESI proposal for a new generation of progress reports

Andreas Roedder

Kataryna Wolczuk


Oleg Grytsaienko: "The Crisis in Ukraine: An Insider's View", Russie.Nei.Visions No.78, June 2014

Daniel Gros

Miranda Xafa

Wolfango Piccoli


Peter Hall: "Anatomy of a Euro Crisis", Harvard Magazine, 2013

Simon Nixon: "Fringe Parties Unleash a Political Earthquake", Wall Street Journal, 2014

Christian Odendahl, John Springford: "How to pull the eurozone out of the mire", Centre for European Reform, 2014

Michael Massourakis



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