Debate #2: Meet our Speakers

We are proud to present our four speakers for the second Greek-German debate to take place in Thessaloniki and Mainz on 4 November 2013. The topic for the debate is Europe: Political union or trade bloc?

Supporing Europe as a political union:

Constantin Schüßler has studied European Studies from 2007 until 2010 at Maastricht University (The Netherlands). During his Bachelor study his main fields of interest have been European Security Politics and Foreign Affairs of the EU. In 2009, he spent one semester abroad at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) focusing on International Relations. For his postgraduate study, he attended the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) where he successfully graduated in International Security Studies in November 2011. Mr. Schüßler has been able to gain profound knowledge on German politics as an intern at the German Federal Parliament and with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. He is a member of the Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft as well as the Junge Union Deutschlands. During his studies in Maastricht, Mr. Schüßler was a member of the United Nations Student Association. Moreover, internships with SCHOTT AG and CNC Communications AG provided him with valuable insights into communications from a business and consultancy perspective. In 2012/2013, Mr. Schüßler participated in the “Next Chapter Debating Forum” over Germany’s future, which has been organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. He currently works as a Junior Client Executive at Burson-Marsteller in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

Nikos Vrantsis is a political scientist. He studied Political Science at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His master is on Political Theory and Philosophy. He has worked as a Journalist for radio and print media. He is the Vice President of JEF Thessaloniki. Today he lives in Thessaloniki and works as editor for


Supporting Europe as a trade bloc:

Stratos Karakasides was born in Thessaloniki. He is a student of Political Science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was elected general secretary of the Greek Association of Political and Economic Science Students. He is an active member of the International Association of Political Science Students. He writes for the POLECON academic journals issued for scientific libraries of Greece, POLITICON issued abroad by IAPSS and the social magazine Think Free circulating in Thessaloniki. He has worked in research projects of the Institute for Democracy Konstantinos Karamanlis where in 2012 he received a grant in the Political Academy of Institute. Stratos is a political executive at O.N.NE.D, the youth organisation of Nea Dimokratia. He is a co-organizer of the 1st World Congress of Political Science to be organized by IAPSS in Thessaloniki 1-7 April 2014. Stratos is currently working at the public radio of the City of Thessaloniki presenting webcasts for Youth Affairs, Politics, and Society.  

Malte Kilian has finished his studies of Political Science and Economics at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in July 2013. His main fields of interest have been the European Integration and European Economic Policy. During his studies, he was a member of the student organisation “Current Issues of European Integration” and did an internship at the European Parliament in 2008. Furthermore, he was able to gain profound international experience within the scope of a semester abroad at San Diego State University and an internship at the Washington, D.C. office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2013. Prior to this, he worked as a student assistant at Deutsche Börse Group in Frankfurt, dealing with European Financial Market Regulation. Since 2008, he has worked for the Junge Union Deutschlands on a voluntary basis. He is now a member of the staff at the office of a Member of the Rhineland-Palatinate Parliament.   


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