Debate #1: Patras-Hamburg

Our first event took place on 26 June 2013 in Patras, Greece and Hamburg Germany. The recording will be available early next week on our website.

The topic for the public debates was Austerity: Virtue or Downfall?

Austerity in Greece is seen as a force imposed externally by the Germans, who are seen by the Greek public and media as the major decision-maker behind the treaties signed between successive Greek governments, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. However, there are voices within Greece that support austerity and voices within Germany that oppose it. This debate aims to bring about an informed discussion on the merits and failures of austerity as a policy response to the financial crisis, while illustrating the shared nature of both the problem and the solution.


Carsten Ovens
State Chairman, Hamburg Junge Union

Philippa Chatzistavrou
Researcher, ELIAMEP

Omiros Tsapalos
Political Scientist

Carl Philipp Schöpe
State Chairman, Jusos Hamburg

Moderators: Alexandra Wrann, Georgios Kokkolis



Agora Argiri, Patras

The recently renovated 'Agora Argiri' multiplex in the centre of the city of Patras will host our first public debate in Greece. The venue, which belongs to the Municipality of Patras, hosts conferences, exhibitions and seminars in a 1200 square metre accessible building.

Patras is "a bustling student city, a place where entertainment, history and culture mingle together to create a destination filled with wonderful discoveries". However Patras, as one of Greece's largest port cities, is also a "gathering point for thousands of migrants and refugees hoping to sneak onto Italy-bound ferries". This city of over 200,000 inhabitants will be the setting for our first discussion, bringing the experiences of its students and youth into the transnational discussion on austerity and the shared future of Germany and Greece.

Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

The Bucerius Law School is the first private university for jurisprudence in Germany with the right to award habilitations and doctorates. It was founded in 2000 by the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius. The Bucerius Law School is officially recognized and accredited by the science council.
Hamburg is Germany's second largest city and the sixth most populous city administrative unit in the European Union. The city was a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, a confederation of merchant towns that dominated Northern European trade. Today it is a major transport hub, as well as a media, industrial and financial centre. 30% of the population today have a migrant background, coming from 180 countries.