George A. Papandreou (born June 16, 1952) is Former Prime Minister of Greece, current President of Socialist International, a Member of the Hellenic Parliament and former President of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Greece from October 6, 2009 - November 11, 2011, after PASOK’s victory in the October 2009 national elections.

George A. Papandreou

On the passing of Jalal Talabani | 03.10.2017

At the inaguration of the Livaneli Cultural Centre | September 2017

A message of solidarity, pride for Sweden and empathy for the Swedish people

Success in Cyprus will help peace in wider region | 19.04.2016

Cem-Papandreou Peace Award 2015 speech | 21.07.2015

SI Statement on Greece | An Appeal to European Leaders | 05.07.2015

Socialist International President George A. Papandreou: “Save Palmyra” | 22.05.2015

Biography

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George A. Papandreou (born June 16, 1952) is Former Prime Minister of Greece, current President of Socialist International, a Member of the Hellenic Parliament and former President of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Greece from October 6, 2009 – November 11, 2011, after PASOK’s victory in the October 2009 national elections. As Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou has been at the forefront of the global financial crisis and through complex and difficult negotiations, he managed to avoid his country’s bankruptcy, whereas he also applied a series of structural reforms to modernize his country. For this reason he was named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010 for “making the best of Greece’s worst year.”

As Foreign Minister from 1999–2004, he was widely praised for his diplomatic bridge building. He successfully negotiated better relations with former rival Turkey. He played a key role in the negotiations that led to Turkey’s EU candidacy in 1999 and Cyprus’s entry into the European Union in May 2004.

George Papandreou was born in Saint-Paul, Minnesota in the United States. At that time, his father and former Prime Minister of Greece, Andreas Papandreou was a Professor of Economics in the University of Minnesota. His mother is Margaret Chant from Elmhurst, Illinois. He is the grandson of George Papandreou, also a former Prime Minister of Greece. The Papandreou Family’s roots are in Kaletzi, a mountain village in the district of Achaia, in Greece’s Peloponnese region.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA (1970-1975), Papandreou obtained his master’s degree in Sociology of Development from London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He attended postgraduate studies in Stockholm and at Harvard University’s Center for International Relations.

Over his career, Papandreou has worked in the USA, Sweden and Canada. He speaks English, French and Swedish.

George Papandreou is married to Ada Papapanou and has two children, Andreas and Margarita-Elena.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY

  • President of the Socialist International (Αthens, 2006)
  • Vice-President of the Socialist International (Ramallah, 2005)
  • Vice-President of the  International Olympic Truce Centre
  • Founding Member of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly (Prague, 1990)
  • Founding Member of the Lagonisi Initiative on Cooperation in the Balkans (1994)
  • Responsible for Government Coordinator for the Bid for 2004 Olympic Games (1997)
  • Member of the Board of the Foundation of Mediterranean Studies
  • Member of the Board of the Foundation for Research and Self-Education
  • Member of Research Teams at the Foundation of Mediterranean Studies
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Foundation For Peace

HONOURS

  • Distinguished Professor in the Center for Hellenic Studies Georgia State College of Arts and Science (April 2006)
  • Open Fields Award Truce Foundation USA (April 2006)
  • Peru, Lima Gran Cruz ” El Sol du Peru ” (October 31, 2003)
  • USA, Washington Recipient: Defender of Democracyof Parliamentarians for Global Action  (17 September, 2003)
  • Italy-Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (2003)
  • Hungary-Grand Commander of the Order of the Merit (2003)
  • Awarded, during the United States Sport Academy (U.S.S.A.) School’s 30th anniversary celebration, the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award (July, 26 2002)
  • Vatican-Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX (Athens, November 11, 2002)
  • Portugal-Grand Cross of the Order of Infante dom Henrique (2002)
  • Belgium-Grand Cross of the Order of Crown (2001)
  • Spain-Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (2001)
  • Germany-Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, first class (2000)
  • Eastwest Institute 2000 Awards Peace Building Awards . The 2000 “Statesman of the Year Award” given to Foreign Minister George Papandreou of Greece and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem of Turkey for their great efforts at improving relations between their respective countries (May 2, 2000)
  • Austria-Grand Cross of the Order of Honour, first class (1999)
  • Estonia-Grand Cross of the Order of the White Star (1999)
  • Sweden-Grand Cross of the Order of Polar Star (1999)
  • Recipient of the ” Botsis’s Foundation for the Promotion of Journalism ” award for “his multifaceted struggles, which established the Free Radio as part of our democratic institutions” (June 1988)
  • Spain-Grand Cross of the Order of thw Civil Merit (1998)
  • Abdi Ipekci special award for Peace and Friendship ( June 1997) “for his activities in favor of Greek-Turkish approach during the period 1995-1996 while serving as Minister of National Education and Religion”
  • Recipient of the ” SOS against Racism, and affiliated organizations ” Committee award, for his work against racism and anti-Semitism (April 1996)
  • Poland-Grand Commander of the Order of the Polish Republic (1996)
  • Finland-Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion (1996)
  • Ukraine-Commander of the Order of the Yaroslav (1996)
Ημερομηνία Γέννησης
16 Ιουνίου 1952
  • Stockholm University, Sweden 1972 - 1973
    Undergraduate studies (Sociology)
  • BA Degree in Sociology Amhest College, Amherst, MA, USA 1970 - 1975
    BA Degree in Sociology
  • London School of Economics - LSE 1976 - 1977
    M. Sc. Degree in Sociology and Development
  • 1981 - 1996
    Member of Parliament for District of Achaia
  • 1982 - 1985
    Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee of Education
  • 1984 - Present
    Elected Member of the Central Committee of PASOK
  • 1985 - 1987
    Ministry of Culture, Under Secretary for Cultural Affairs
  • 1987 - 1988
    Elected Member of the Executive Office PASOK
  • 1988 - 1989
    Minister of Education and Religious Affairs
  • 1990 - 1993
    Elected Secretary for the Committee on the Greek Diaspora
  • Harvard University, Cambrdige, MA, USA 1992 - 1993
    Fellow at the Center for International Affairs (CFIA)
  • 1993 - 1994
    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1994 - 1996
    Minister of Education and Religious Affairs
  • 1996 - 1999
    Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1996 - 2004
    Member of Parliament for District of Athens
  • 1999 - 2004
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 2002
    Honorary doctorate in law Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA
  • 2004 - 2012
    President of PASOK
  • 2004 - 2007
    Member of Parliament for District of Thessaloniki
  • 2006 -Present
    President of the Socialist International
  • 2007 - 2009
    Member of Parliament for District of Achaia
  • 2009 - 2012
    Member of Parliament for District of Attica
  • 2009 - 2011
    Prime Minister
  • 2012 - Present
    Member of Parliament for District of Achaia
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