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

We Need a Fourth Branch of Government | NYT Opinion 08.10.2019

On IWD2019 | 08.03.2019

On the passing of Jalal Talabani | 03.10.2017

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

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On the Mecca agreement for a Palestinian national unity government

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Statement

“The Socialist International has always supported a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, based on mutual recognition and existing side by side in peace and security. The renunciation of violence, the continuation of the peace process launched in Oslo in 1993, and the implementation of the Quartet’s Road Map are the best way forward to overcome […]

Gandhi’s stand, that inspired so many, was a moral one

PASOK, Press Office, Speech

Address at the Conference “Peace, Nonviolence, Empowerment – Gandhian philosophy in the 21st Century” “Ms. Chairwoman, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, Gandhi has inspired my generation at a younger age and, as Francesco Rutelli said, this was something which we thought about as his image loomed large in many instances: how we fight […]

Address at the meeting with the leaders of the March 14th Movement

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Speech, Statement

We are here today, as in the past, as we will be here in the future, wherever and whenever this might be necessary, to express our solidarity, to extend a helping hand, and above all to listen to you. We are gathered here today, members of the Socialist International, parties from different parts of the […]

Statement at the Press Conference

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Statement

Thank you to all of you for you invitation and your hospitality at this, unfortunately, difficult time,. We are here concerned but also in solidarity to show that we are determined to underline and reinforce Lebanon’s sovereignty, Lebanon’s independence, Lebanon’s territorial integrity. We notice that a solution to the current situation must be sought through […]

Speech at the dinner by PM Fouad Siniora

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Speech

George Papandreou: Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Siniora, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, first a word of thanks to the Prime Minister knowing that we are here at a very critical moment and his time is precious, so we very much appreciate this hospitality you are showing us. I want to express our determination and our […]

Speech at the meeting of the Council of Socialist International

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Speech

Bear with me as I say a few words in Spanish… Allow me to continue in English. Yesterday I visited Villa Grimaldi. I was very moved. I know that the President and her mother had spent time there in a very difficult period of your history. I was very moved because it reminded me of […]

Constructing a Progressive Future for the 21st Century

Article, PASOK, President of Socialist International, Press Office

By George A. Papandreou* Article to appear in the Italianieuropei. Bimestrale del riformismo italiano newspaper The future of social democracy in the 21st century is the subject of fierce debate. I see it playing a crucial historical role. In the 20th century, the USSR devalued the idea of socialism with its authoritarianism and concentration of […]

Call on all parties to end violence

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Statement

Socialist International Presidium calls on all parties to end violence in the Middle East and to resume the path to negotiations The Presidium of the Socialist International – the leadership body of the organisation made up of the President, Vice-Presidents and Secretary General – met in Samos, Greece, on 15 July. Chaired by SI President […]

The New Challenges for Greece in 21st Century Europe

PASOK, Press Office, Speech

“Ambassadors, dear friends, First let me thank PASOK’s members of the European Parliament for organizing this event, as well as for their dynamic presence on the European, global and Greek political scene. I apologise for my short delay, but as I was entering the hotel Mr. El Baradei called me and we had a long […]

Picking candidates by the numbers

Article, PASOK, President of Socialist International, Press Office

International Herald Tribune Picking candidates by the numbers George A. Papandreou International Herald Tribune ATHENS Athenian democracy All over the world, political parties face the problem of how to nominate candidates democratically. Democracy is less credible if the choices on the electoral ballot are not determined by truly democratic means. The main mechanism of democratizing […]

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