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

 

Tribute from the President of the Socialist International, George A. Papandreou to Tony Benn

Tony Benn, a landmark figure of the British Labour Party was a politician with the ability to mobilize public opinion, regardless of whether one agreed or disagreed with his views. He passionately served values and principles rather than public offices. He believed society can be changed through the active involvement of citizens- not only by the elites. Furthermore, he considered that accountability is an inherent component of democracy. He fought relentlessly for social justice, peace and disarmament. His struggles are still relevant today.

For us socialists, his life and legacy remind us of a perspective that is really needed today:
The conviction that debates should focus on ideas and not on the agendas of interest groups.

The belief that empowering the rule of law protects us from the rule of the most powerful .
The feeling that the “abolition” of politics , would only serve to broaden inequality.
The optimism that we can make a difference in many ways , by associating vision with realism.

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