Margaritis Schinas speaks at ACT on "The Future of Europe"
On Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Bissell Library, ACT (The American College of Thessaloniki) hosted a presentation by Mr. Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesperson & Deputy Director-General for Communication of the European Commission on ‘The Future of Europe’.
Mr. Schinas started with a historical background to the creation of the European Union emphasizing peacekeeping and democratic institutions. He shared a rather positive approach to the current state of affairs and the future of Europe. He addressed the issues of Brexit, refugee crisis and economic strains and argued that Europe proved resilient to the tensions of the past three years. He noted that there is a window of opportunity until the European Parliament 2019 elections during which the EU officials can further enhance the current positive trends. He gladly answered a number of students’ questions on a variety of topics from the Greek economic crisis, to Brexit, Catalonia, and EU enlargement. The event, which was organized by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public & Humanitarian Service, was well attended by about hundred students from American College of Thessaloniki (Greek, Balkan and Study Abroad US students) and the Anatolia IB program.