Initially, Obama planned to deliver a public speech on Wednesday from the Pnyx, a rocky hill beneath the Acropolis; however, it has been rescheduled to take place at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, due to security concerns. The initial setting was highly symbolic, as the hill in the center of the Greek capital hosted popular assemblies in the ancient times and is regarded as one of the most important sites in the evolution of democracy.
White House officials revealed that Obama is planning to execute a "legacy speech" from Athens, comparing it to the one John F. Kennedy delivered in Berlin on June 26, 1963 (Kennedy aimed to underline the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall).
Obama will be covering an array of topics in his speech — from the refugee crisis and ongoing Cyprus peace talks to the need for continued debt relief and structural reform.
Following Greece, Obama will visit Germany on Nov. 17 and 18, where he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel to review the close cooperation on a wide range of bilateral, regional and trans-Atlantic issues.
Among the issues on the agenda will be the common efforts to resolve the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, the campaign to degrade and destroy ISIL, as well as transatlantic economic relations. This visit will mark Obama's sixth visit to Germany, reflecting the strategic importance of the partnership with Germany and the close ties between the American and German people. The president will also have one last opportunity to meet with his "Quint" counterparts, the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom and review a range of global issues.