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7th Athens Democracy Forum Brings Int’l Business Leaders, Policy Makers to Greece

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The Greek capital is once again preparing to host the Athens Democracy Forum with the participation of senior New York Times journalists, international business leaders, policy makers, academics and experts.

In it’s seventh year, the forum will take place during October 9-11 and focus on the state of democracy and its current challenges.

The forum’s confirmed speakers include Michael Higgins, President of Ireland; Juan Manuel Santos, Former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2016; Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica; Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition; and Margot Wallström, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) 2017. Photo by Leigh Vogel for The New York Times ADF

Athens Democracy Forum,  September 14, 2017. (Photo by Leigh Vogel)

The panels will be moderated by New York Times contributors Liz Alderman, Chief European Business Correspondent; Steven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Europe, and Max Strasser, International Op-ed Editor.

The goal of the 2019 Athens Democracy Forum is to explore the forces of alternative models of governance and how to deal with them. The central topics to be debated include:

  • We and them: The tectonic plates of nationalism and multiculturalism
  • The echo chamber and the agora: The use and abuse of new and social media
  • The cost of Inequality: Where has all the money gone?
  • Back to basics: What must be done to restore faith in democracy?

“Spirituality & Democracy Weekend” at Costa Navarino

Delegates will also enjoy a rich program of cultural events and networking opportunities, as well as the “Spirituality & Democracy Weekend”, which will be held at Costa Navarino between October 11-13.

The Athens Democracy Forum every year is attended by over 400 international delegates from more than 30 countries.

As of this year, it is organized by the Democracy and Culture Foundation, an independent nonprofit entity, in collaboration with The New York Times and Symeon G.Tsomokos S.A.

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