Former US president Barack Obama spoke at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Nostos Conference 2023 in southern Athens on Thursday.
The Conference was held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and has seen researchers and activists coming together to discuss the progress of the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative and tackle topics such as loneliness and its effects on mental health.
During the Conference, Obama had a conversation with SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos and discussed strengthening democratic culture, and the significance of investing in the next generation of leaders.
Obama said democracy can work out if given a chance, but it is also a difficult form of government rule, because you have to coexist with people with different ideas than yourself.
What is particularly dangerous, he noted, is the extreme-right populist parties in Europe and the United States that give the impression that they will do anything to win elections and tear down norms or manipulate voting rules.
This is the second year Obama has appeared at the Conference.