It’s been a couple of years or so that Greece is in the international spotlight. Our political, economical and social life has come under international scrutiny, which is not always fair and is usually based on stereotypes. Several times Greeks’ potential to make it through has been under question. Catastrophic scenarios have dominated the public sphere, both at home and abroad. Even the European perspective of the country has been in doubt. Everything that we had once taken for granted now seems open to question. This is why we need to get back to basics.
Last year, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Greece joining the European Union. However, the relationship between Europe and Greece is not merely financial or political. The benefits we reaped are countless; some of them were handled successfully, while some others not so much. In such an interactive relationship, mistakes or omissions could just happen. It is an organic relationship, for it is a bond forged upon values, ideas, culture, athleticism, people. It is based on the embrace of diversity, on collaboration, on solidarity, on the common belief that we all want to be a part of a prosperous and safe family.
Instead of us talking about what Greece means to Europe, we turned to prominent figures in the fields of arts, culture, science and sports. These “citizens of the world” already have an acquaintance with the history, civilization and lifestyle of Greeks and comprehend their ordeal and tremendous effort to overcome the obstacles in their path. We asked them to talk about their Greece, but also about Greece in Europe and Europe in Greece. They shared their inner thoughts of the foundations of this relationship, away from shadows and frictions of the political discourse.
The “Greece - European Union Together” initiative is a platform of open debate. Our goal is to bring together the voices of those who realize the organic unity of Greece and Europe, the common future, the common perspective. “Together” is the key word for us to advance and succeed. Let us try, by drawing strength and inspiration from quotes of famous and not-so-famous people, who crave and try their best for a better Greece, for a better Europe.