There are two reasons for someone to remain optimistic, there is the optimism of accountability and the optimism of contemplation, said George Pagoulatos, Director General of ELIAMEP in an interview to Athens Voice and Nikos Amanitis. The optimism of accountability stems from the feeling that despite all the weaknesses, failures and regressions, we remain citizens of the  most developed club and the most enviable type of society in the world, which is the European society, Pagoulatos points out. The only society type that has managed to combine capitalism with social solidarity, competitiveness with internal cohesion, liberalism with social protection, with a sense of responsibility for the planet, which remains at the forefront of international rights and the rule of law and of fighting climate change and every progressive agenda in the developed world. This reality, the awareness of the historic achievement of a united Europe, is a fact that fills him with
optimism, explains George Pagoulatos. On the other hand, there is the optimism of contemplation which is the realistic realization that Europe is showing great political resilience and imagination when it comes to facing crises and threats to its survival and acquisitions. This has been the case for the last five years, when Europe faced existential threats and overcame them. The Director General of ELIAMEP points out, he is optimistic also because he believes in the power of events that surprise us, both negatively and also positively at times.

You may read the interview in Greek here