Kotzias and Steinmeier give a lesson in policy and diplomacy

Kotzias and Steinmeier give a lesson in policy and diplomacy

The economy, the refugee crisis, but also the future of Europe were the issues that raised the interest of students at the German School of Athens visited on Monday by the foreign ministers of Greece and Germany, Nikos Kotzias and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with whom students had an open discussion. Mr. Steinmeier called the students ”positive ambassadors” and the ”future” of Greek-German relations, after the two foreign ministers were greeted by them with enthusiasm, and curiosity and given a guided tour of their school.

During the discussion which took place in German Mr. Kotzias mentioned the economy and particularly to “one of the real problems, to the future of young people.” Given the fact that Greek society seems to be suffering from the immigration of young people, which based on a study amounts to 230,000 young Greeks with high qualifications, and that’s without taking into account the incalculable cost of loss of human capital, which in the future would assume the responsibilities of the country, Kotzias explained “development and prospects for young people are necessary.” “In order to allow young people to dream again,” he added, to a warm applause.

Students also spoke about the Greek government debt and advocated a “win-win solution”, as that secured by the Americans, the British and the French for Germany with the London Treaty of 1953, which was the basis for the subsequent development of the German economy. Addressing his German counterpart, he welcomed the fact that “all these years of collaboration with Frank-Walter we managed to go from a tense situation to a situation where we have reached a level of understanding between Greece and Germany.”

It is worth noting that both Foreign Ministers are connected through a personal friendship since their student years at the same university in Germany./IBNA