In the framework of the bilateral scientific cooperation between the Institute for Balkan Studies of Thessaloniki and the Südosteuropa Gesellschaft of Munich, the Eighth Greek-German Symposium took place at Thessaloniki in May 8 and 9, 2008, under the general topic “South-Eastern Europe Today: Problems and Perspectives. The Greek and the German Aspect”. An extremely opportune and timely topic in a period when South-Eastern Europe faces new challenges along with the perspective of a euroatlantic integration.
The present volume brings to the public the important papers presented by ten Greek and German scholars who approach and discuss some of the most crucial political and economic issues of the present but also refer to more general issues regarding the perspective of a European Union–Balkan rapprochment. Special concern and analysis were dedicated to the issues of Greek interest, to particularities which characterize the relations between Turkey and the European Union and the enhanced prospect of its future integration. Moreover, problems encountered in the process of establishing an extended energy transfer network in the region are also pointed out.