SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos in Kathimerini
28 June 2020

The SNF co-President, Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos gave an interview to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, speaking, among others, about the future of Greece, the lessons that the world community can learn from the crisis of Covid 19 and the notion of philanthropy at large.

Regarding Covid 19, Mr. Dracopoulos noted that the pandemic "bared all the weaknesses of the system, all the inequalities and above all, which I believe will stay with us, is the fact that the feeling of trust has been lost. Towards everyone and everything… It is also an opportunity to comply as a society. To rebuild institutions, not to allow polarization to breed, which of course existed before, but has now become a cancer. In a little while we will be able to discuss only with those who agree with us. "

"Our country is a paradise, but if we do not pay attention to it ourselves then we cannot judge those on the outside. I believe that there has been a great improvement, there are many who, either by name or anonymously, help, I would just expect those who have, as a group of people, collectively, to help much more, "said Mr. Dracopoulos regarding philanthropy.

Concerning the youth in Greece, Mr. Dracopoulos said, "Life has become difficult, very fast, very insecure. But I believe in young people and I always believe and say that they need to become more involved in the public sphere. First of all because it is their life and their future and secondly because we also need young people to come in and help, especially in a more global context where everything is changing. When we were growing up, we used to say that every generation is 10-15 years old, now every generation is 3-4 years old. Because everything changes very quickly both in the present and in the future. So what I'm going to tell them is, 'You were unlucky, keep working, give it your all, get more involved with the public sphere and we are together in this."

To read the full interview in Greek click here
To read an English translation of the interview, click here