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April 28, 2016: Evangelos Venizelos on the Refugee Crisis in Greece

IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, Former Deputy Prime-Minister of Greece Evangelos Venizelos and Dimitrios Xenitellis, Consul-General of Greece in San Francisco.

On April 28, in cooperation with the Onassis Foundation, the Institute of European Studies was honored to welcome Evangelos Venizelos, former Deputy Prime Minister of Greece and the current Vice Chairperson of the Socialist Group in the Council of Europe, to the Berkeley campus. Throughout his talk, Venizelos examined the refugee crisis from a Greek and European perspective, depicting it as an issue of national sovereignty and European external borders. The imposition of border controls and collaboration with maritime neighbors such as Turkey, he stressed, is paramount if the EU wishes to succeed. Although he admitted that the relationship between Greece and Turkey is fragile, he emphasized the necessity for cooperation in the current refugee crisis. He conceded to the fact that this is a complex issue but expressed the firm conviction that European integration will prosper once the refugee crisis will be under control. When it came time for questions, the discussion expanded to the Greek financial crisis. Venizelos argued that the Greek financial crisis is more than just a problem of debts. He admitted that even with a complete debt relief, the Greek economy would still need profound structural measures in order to be competitive on the European market.

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