12 October 2014
Thessaloniki – The World in 2015 and Beyond
Thessaloniki bay. Photo: flickr/Nick Papakyriazis
Thessaloniki bay. Photo: flickr/Nick Papakyriazis

ESI's Gerald Knaus came to Thessaloniki for the 3rd Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs ("The World in 2015 an Beyond") at the invitation of the Navarino network, a local civic organisation which has worked for a long time to open Thessaloniki to the world. In his presentation he spoke about the state of the Balkans in 2014, about false confidence and complacency. Participants included Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Laza Kekic, Regional Director, Central & Eastern Europe, Economist Intelligence Unit, Michael Massourakis, Chief economist, Alpha Bank, and others.

Gerald also met with Thessaloniki's mayor, Yannis Boutaris, for an interview which he describes in detail in his blog: Cosmopolitan visionary – Boutaris and Thessaloniki

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com