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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An innovative approach to the use of marijuana

Article, President of Socialist International, Press Office

A courageous move by the government of Uruguay approved by both Parliaments’ bodies is spearheading this country in the field of drug policies and specifically regarding cannabis use by individuals. A “gesture” of immense impact that should be closely followed, not only because of its openness, but for the lessons that can be learned in […]

Statement by the President of S.I. George Papandreou on the death of Nelson Mandela

Announcement, President of Socialist International

A freedom fighter who succeeded in abolishing apartheid, Nelson Mandela was and always will be a model for progressives around the world. Overcoming hardships, persecution, and many long years in prison thanks to an unshakable faith in his ideals, Mandela showed that through individual and collective action there is always hope for those less privileged.As […]

I welcome the positive outcome of the talks concerning Iran ‘s nuclear program

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Statement

As President of the Socialist International, I welcome the positive outcome of the talks  between the P5+1 (United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) and Iran, facilitated by the European Union, concerning  Iran ‘s nuclear program. It is a major step towards increased stability in the broader region. This important  deal,  reached […]

George Papandreou: If we are to succeed, we must stand united

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Speech

Speech of the President of Socialist International, George Papandreou, at the Intistution’s Council Meeting in Istanbul (11-12 November 2013) Dear friends, dear comrades, First, I would like to thank Kemal Kilicdaroglu and the CHP for hosting our Council in Istanbul. On behalf of all, I thank him and his party for the warm hospitality you […]

Rediscover the lost art of democracy

Former Prime Minister, Interview, President of Socialist International, Press Office

Editor’s note: George Papandreou is the former Prime Minister of Greece. He spoke at TEDGlobal 2013 in June. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “ideas worth spreading,” which it makes available through talks posted on its website. (CNN) — Our democracies are facing a moment of truth. From the rise of extremism in the European Union to the […]

6th annual meeting of the SI Presidium and Heads of State and Government

Activities, President of Socialist International, Press Office

United Nations, New York 6th annual meeting of the SI Presidium and Heads of State and Government Members of the SI Presidium, Heads of State and Government from SI member parties, leaders of international organisations and a number of foreign ministers gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the organisation’s 6th annual […]

Anna Lindh, ten years later…

President of Socialist International, Press Office

Ten years have passed since the unjustified death of Anna Lindh and some questions remain unanswered. In his funeral oration (cited below) George A. Papandreou had stressed in a very emotional way: “…If Anna you could walk the streets of Stockholm and talk to your fellow Swedes, as you always did with deep respect, openness […]

TED Global: Imagine a European Democracy without borders

Former Prime Minister, President of Socialist International, Speech

This will not be a speech like any one I have ever given. I will talk to you today about the failure of leadership in global politics and in our globalizing economy. And I won’t provide some feel-good, ready-made solutions. But I will in the end urge you to rethink, actually take risks, and get […]

Statement on Tax Evasion

President of Socialist International, Press Office, Statement

Statement by George Papandreou, President of Socialist International (SI) on Tax Evasion The SI has repeatedly called for international regulation, which will stem types of global financial activities that have led to tax evasion. The recent media investigation of this phenomenon comes as a resounding confirmation of our position. In 2008 we created the Commission […]

Open letter to SI member parties

Activities, Message, President of Socialist International, Press Office

Dear comrades, dear friends, On the 23rd of May the Social Democratic Party of Germany, SPD, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary, an occasion which will provide an opportunity to look back at its history and its achievements, and to pay homage to the memory of all those who contributed during these 150 years. We […]

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