George Papandreou

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  • Authority on the Eurozone and Global Financial Issues
  • Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011)
  • Foreign Minister of Greece (1999-2004)
  • President of Socialist International (2006-Present)

As Prime Minister of Greece during a financial crisis, George Papandreou has been at the forefront of issues related to the stability of the eurozone. Named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers," he speaks with authority on the future of the European Union with regard to the refugee crisis, economic stability, global security and shifts in geopolitical alliances.  He was born and educated in the U.S., with degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard.  

 

 

 
  

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Europe’s Future: How a United Europe Can Play a Leading Role in the 21st Century

Despite its struggles, Europe can and must be a strong economic axis in the global economy, a global power alongside the U.S. and China, argues Prime Minister Papandreou. However, European leaders must take action to ensure that European knowledge, innovation, and values underpin the globalized econ ...

Despite its struggles, Europe can and must be a strong economic axis in the global economy, a global power alongside the U.S. and China, argues Prime Minister Papandreou. However, European leaders must take action to ensure that European knowledge, innovation, and values underpin the globalized economy for decades to come.

Greece, In the Eye of the Storm: International Crisis and Why it is a Global Imperative for Greece to be a Success Story

Prime Minister Papandreoupresents an in-depth look into the causes behind the Greek crisis, and explains why failing to find a solution will have dire economic and geopolitical implications for Europe, and for the world. Presenting the competitive sectors in the Greek economy and revealing undiscove ...

Prime Minister Papandreou presents an in-depth look into the causes behind the Greek crisis, and explains why failing to find a solution will have dire economic and geopolitical implications for Europe, and for the world.  Presenting the competitive sectors in the Greek economy and revealing undiscovered investment opportunities, Papandreou explains how, by addressing the corrosive uncertainty about Greece’s future, Europe can catalyze an overnight investment boom in the country while restoring confidence in the Euro.

The European Experiment Between Disaster and Success: Why (and How) We Must Redesign Europe

Prime Minister Papandreou argues that the Euro-crisis is the inevitable result of an incomplete monetary union and offers a practical roadmap for overcoming the crisis and democratically strengthening European institutions. ...

Prime Minister Papandreou argues that the Euro-crisis is the inevitable result of an incomplete monetary union and offers a practical roadmap for overcoming the crisis and democratically strengthening European institutions.

Confronting the Democratic Deficit: Citizen-Centric Policies in the Age of Austerity

Prime Minister Papandreou discusses why a growing democratic deficit and citizens' cynicism towards politics poses the greatest risk to Western societies. He will address the challenge of how to rebuild the faltering trust between citizen and government in our democracies. ...

Prime Minister Papandreou discusses why a growing democratic deficit and citizens' cynicism towards politics poses the greatest risk to Western societies. He will address the challenge of how to rebuild the faltering trust between citizen and government in our democracies.

Crisis Diplomacy 2.0: Overcoming Modern Challenges in Crisis Resolution

Drawing on decades of personal experience, from orchestrating the Turkish-Greece rapprochement in an era of rising hostilities, the conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East, to late-night Euro-crisis summits in Brussels, Prime Minister Papandreou explains why finding multilateral solutions has b ...

Drawing on decades of personal experience, from orchestrating the Turkish-Greece rapprochement in an era of rising hostilities, the conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East, to late-night Euro-crisis summits in Brussels,  Prime Minister Papandreou explains why finding multilateral solutions has become increasingly difficult—and how political will, citizens participation and creative politics can do something about it.

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Biography

George A. Papandreou (born June 16, 1952), Former Prime Minister of Greece, is President of the Movement of Democratic Socialists, and President of Socialist International.

He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Greece from October 6, 2009 – November 11, 2011, after the Panhellenic Socialist Movement’s (PASOK) victory in the October 2009 national elections and was the President of PASOK from 2004 until 2012.

As Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou was at the forefront of the global financial crisis and, through complex and difficult negotiations, he managed to avoid his country’s bankruptcy, at the same time applying a series of structural reforms to modernize Greece. For this reason he was named 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 European Union (EU) candidacy in 1999 and Cyprus’s entry into the EU in May 2004.

On January 3, 2015, George Papandreou founded a new political party, the Movement of Democratic Socialists.

Currently, he is the Vice President of the Foundation for Olympic Truce, a member of the Global Leadership Council of Sustainable Development Solutions Network - A Global Initiative for the United Nations, a member of the Global Leadership Council of the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, Commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and a member of Club de Madrid.

 George Papandreou was born in Saint-Paul, Minnesota in the United States. At that time, his father, former Prime Minister of Greece Andreas Papandreou, was a Professor of Economics at 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 in 1975, Papandreou obtained his master’s degree in Sociology of Development from the 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.