Seminar: Exploring Politics of Friendship

Seminar: Exploring Politics of Friendship

A joint seminar by the affiliated to the Council of Europe Istanbul and Thessaloniki Schools of Political studies,...

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Symβiosis focuses on respect for fundamental rights, participatory democracy, social justice and solidarity, combatting discrimination and social exclusion, working on information and education, documentation and analysis, public dialogue and active civic participation. It supports the political, economic and social integration of migrants, refugees and vulnerable communities, and participates in networks such as the Anna Lindh Foundation Network, the Fundamental Rights Platform of the EU FRA.

Symβiosis priorities for 2014:

Education & Youth | Diversity & Civic Participation | Μedia & Information | Migration & Social Cohesion | Equal in law. Equal in society

Seminar: Exploring Politics of Friendship

1st session3A joint seminar by the affiliated to the Council of Europe Istanbul and Thessaloniki Schools of Political studies, investigating the possibilities for politics of friendship today, took place on 27-30 December 2014. Turkish-Greek relations are marked by a long trajectory of enmity and tension. This encounter set out to explore the 'other side' of that history, focusing on initiatives that have promoted contact between the two societies and encouraged rapprochement.
The Istanbul European School of Political Studies is a cooperation between Bogazici University and Anadolu Kultur Foundation. In 2014 Symβiosis joined the network of Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies, created in 2005, with a present membership of 20 affiliates. The School offers high-quality training to new generations of political and civil society leaders in Greece with a view to engage in critical discussion, documentation and analysis, foster exchange of ideas and information and stimulate co-operation and dialogue amongst civil society, political parties and the media.

The Civil School of Political Studies provides training on the basis of annual cycles with the core focus on democracy, human rights and the rule of law, with the participation of national and international experts. Selected participants attend the annual week long CoE Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy, as well as a range of multilateral and bilateral meetings, events and networking. Symβiosis has already built a strong cooperation with Schools in Turkey, the Balkans, while there is growing collaboration with Eastern Europe, the Caucuses and the Southern Mediterranean. During 2014 the Civic School for Political Studies in Greece organised a four-day seminar in April in Thessaloniki on Discrimination in Greece, the rise of xenophobic parties and elections in Europe, a six-day seminar in Xanthi in August on the Challenges of democratic participation, representation and social cohesion in Greece and Europe, as well as participated in the World Forum for Democracy in November.