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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-06-18

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Events mark anniversary of A. Papandreou's death

  • [01] Events mark anniversary of A. Papandreou's death

    Events in memory of PASOK party founder and three-time prime minister Andreas Papandreou, marking 10 years since his death, opened Saturday night at the Zappeion Hall in downtown Athens with the inauguration of a photo and documents exhibition on late political leader's life and political career.

    The exhibition was his eldest son and current main opposition PASOK leader, George Papandreou.

    The event was also attended by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, who described Andreas Papandreou as a "powerful and outstanding personality who left his mark on the modern history of Greece and strongly influenced the course of the country".

    The PASOK leader described Andreas Papandreou as a man who, with his political action, marked an entire era of democratic struggles, and a man who, with his boldness, changed the course of Greece's foreign policy and its position in the Balkans, Europe and the world.

    Andreas Papandreou, George Papandreou said, was the man who liberated the "forgotten Greece" and the immense strength it had locked up inside it, formulated a new unity based on equality, justice, the just state, solidarity, and the just distribution of wealth, but above all, he was "a human being, with a capital H".

    George Papandreou also spoke of his father's political activities, the battles he waged within the European Union and also for the country's position in the EU (then the European Community) with the benefits of the Integrated Mediterranean Programmes, the Cohesion Funds and the Community Support Framework.

    In a statement afterwards, Karamanlis said that Andreas Papandreou had been a powerful and outstanding personality who left his mark on the modern history of Greece, and a leader who expressed a large section of the Greek people and strongly influenced the course of the country.

    The premier noted that his ruling New Democracy party (ND) had disagreed with many of Papandreou's choices, but stressed that the divisions and extremities and blind fanaticism belong to the past, and that was where they should stay, because they harmed Greece and the Greek people.

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