The Free Market Road Show, the event that will visit thirty cities across Europe, made its second stop in Thessaloniki, Greece.
A packed house comprised of journalists, politicians, business men and women and students followed avidly the three panels of the program.
Definitely one of the “rock stars” of the afternoon was John Charalambakis, chief economist of the Black Summit Financial Group. Charalambakis deplored the fact that Greece “is no longer a sovereign nation” because of the Troika and the EU impositions. He also accused politicians of economic illiteracy and –more importantly– “not knowing anything about liberty”.
Charalmbakis, a staunch adversary of the common currency, defined the Euro as “the bubble of Europe. The Euro violates all the principles of sound money”. To this point, Richard Rahn –another “veteran” of the Road Show– added that we should have competition in money, like in everything else.
Terry Anker, during his key note speech, emphasized the human costs of ‘brain drain’. Krassen Stranchev, the last key note speaker of the day, showed that Europe’s problems didn’t start in 2008 but come from centralization decisions from the 90s.
The Austrian Economics Center (AEC), in cooperation with the local partner European Students for Liberty Greece, and in association with international partners such as the Liberty Fund, Global Philanthropic Trust, European Students for Liberty, Ruefa and the F.A. v. Hayek Institut, proudly organized this event in Thessaloniki. This was the second stop of the 7th Annual Free Market Road Show® which tours from March 26th to May 12th. 30 cities, hundreds of speakers, thousands of attendees and one message: Freedom.