A Greek-German book meeting about the course, the present and the future of the middle class


For decades, it has been the engine and the recipient of prosperity in Europe. Each generation has been guaranteed better living conditions than the previous generation, which has been crucial to maintaining a high level of social cohesion in most European countries. However, the economic crisis of the last decade has mainly affected the middle class. The same level of effort does not ensure the same quality of life, and the gap between the richest and the poorest is widening.

Two books that are very popular in both Germany and Greece trace the same trend.

German stories

In her book "Working Class," DIE ZEIT journalist Julia Friedrichs traces the reasons that have led to this structural change in Germany, Europe's largest economy, through the personal stories of people who slave away every day but find this insufficient to maintain a satisfactory standard of living - at least no better than that of their parents.

Panagis Panagiotopoulos, Assistant Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University, traces the "adventures of the middle class" in Greece in his book of the same name. What is the historical evolution of the middle class in Greece since the 1960s? Through what experiences was the social contract of the postwar middle class concluded? How can the Greek family be simultaneously its habitat and its condemnation? These are just some of the questions to which the book provides an answer.


In the event, jointly organized by the Thessaloniki Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and Epikentro Publishing House, the two books will enter into an international dialogue on the course of the present and the future of the middle class in the two countries, especially during and after the pandemic.


18th International Book Fair Thessaloniki

Sat, 27.11.2021, 19:00 - 20:00

HELEXPO, Hall 13, stage Solomos

Language: German/Greek with simultaneous translation

Free admission


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