The annual State of Europe Forum was kicked off tonight in the Old Parliament Building at Kolokotronis Square, assembling some 110 politicians, clerics, and professionals from 20 nations for this two day event. Member of the Greek Parliament, Anastasios Nerantzis, declared that there is hope for Greece and Europe when we build upon our age-old roots in the Bible.
George Markakis of ECAL fellowshipping with Ignatiius Meimaris from Thessaloniki, and Peter Briscoe from Holland/EnglandJeff Fountain, director of the Schuman Centre for European Studies and Convenor for the State of Europe Forum, has assembled a broad group of Christians from Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, and Pentecostal traditions for deliberations on spiritual and economic issues, and concerns such as solidarity, democracy, migration, freedom, economics and hope.
Special emphasis will be made on the Ukraine crisis.
The panel of Greece-based ministers tonightin the opening session tonight, there was a special focus on the situation in Greece. On a panel of Greece-based ministers, there was a consensus stating that the present economic situation is more serious than ever. Fotis Romeus of the Evangelical Alliance said that the real-life situation does not reflect the international communication about progress in Greece. : -People are having to seek more and more social aid, said the Greek pastor.