ATHENS DEMOCRACY FORUM

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OPINION

What would a citizen of ancient Athens have thought if he were able to see today’s mayor present, via video link, the City of Athens Democracy Award to a young woman from Myanmar for her struggles for the oppressed Rohingya minority, for reconciliation and democracy in Southeast Asia?


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NEWS

Host communities must do more than meet the basic needs of refugees, promoting social inclusion and equal opportunity for newcomers, the Athens Democracy Forum was told Thursday.

Clockwise from top left: Historian Yuval Noah Harari, political leader Stacey Abrams, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the democratic leader of Belarus, and artist Ai Weiwei are among the inspiring speakers at this year’s Athens Democracy Forum. [Credits: World Economic Forum / Ciaran McCrickard, Reuters, Reuters, EPA]
SOCIETY

Nearly two years into the pandemic and many years into a steady rise of populism, what is the state of democracy in the world? How resilient are its institutions, and which of them need to be completely reimagined? How can we regain trust – in our leaders and in each other?


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SOCIETY

The Athens Democracy Forum on Tuesday confirmed that prominent Chinese contemporary artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei will be addressing this year’s installment of the annual event on the subject of “Art and Activism.”

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OPINION

Many young people my age, the hopeful 20-somethings who were about to go out into the world, can agree that 2020 did not turn out to be our year. 

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OPINION

As students who have lived in Pakistan, Ecuador, Japan and the United States, our participation in the Athens Democracy Forum highlighted the differences in the ways we interact with our democracies. 


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SOCIETY

This year’s Athens Democracy Forum has not only given us pause for thought, airing the interesting views of the many internationally renowned speakers on its various panels, but it has also demonstrated its innovative and daring nature. 

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OPINION

Can people become immune to fake news and conspiracy theories? Israeli philosopher, historian and best-selling writer Yuval Noah Harari had a lot to say on the question at a discussion on Friday in the context of the ongoing Athens Democracy Forum.



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NEWS

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas argued on Friday that despite the recent rise of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, the European Union remains the most tolerant corner on Earth during a video address from Brussels to the Athens Democracy Forum.

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SOCIETY

The changes that the coronavirus pandemic will bring to the functioning of democracy were discussed on the second day of the Athens Democracy Forum Thursday, along with the lessons of the Plague of Athens.


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OPINION

The Athens Democracy Forum made me understand that populism has a positive side that acts as a warning bell for democracy from turning overly elitist. However, I also came to see that populism has contributed to the extreme polarization of society in several countries and has negatively impacted climate politics.

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OPINION

The annual Athens Democracy Forum has developed into a fixed point from which we can evaluate the health of democracy globally. Among other things, this year’s meeting highlighted the need for democracy to be seen to be delivering goods to the public.

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NEWS

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is confident that Greece will be able to deal with Turkey’s increasingly aggressive behavior in the Aegean and off the coast of Cyprus thanks to its “strong” alliances and foreign policy, while he also feels that the Turkish operation in Syria risks “adding another source of instability in an already unstable part of the world.”