If Greece had gone through a very normal political life, I may have not been in politics. But just the fact that I lived through huge upheavals and very difficult struggles and polarization and the barbarism of dictatorships - that made me feel that we had to change this country.

ā€” George Papandreou

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First of all, Greece won't go down. We're talking about a country that is capable of making change. Europe will not allow the destabilization of the 27-country euro zone. But if there were no action, then markets would start becoming jittery about other countries - and not only Spain and Portugal, but other countries in the European Union.

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The Marshall Plan was after destruction, and the U.

S. came to our help and obviously this was very, very important for the future of Europe. I think now we have all the capabilities of doing it on our own and, in a sense, we have to.

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We have made major reforms in Greece.

When I took over after a landslide victory we had a mandate for change and I knew my major focus would be re-organizing the state.

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I think there is a heritage which Iā€™m proud of, which is a fight for democracy, a fight for social justice, a fight for freedom. My grandfather went to jail or exile six times in his life, fighting for his principles for democracy, or for his country. And my father twice.

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I have been supporting the European Union, but we are still a work in progress.

We have to become more of a United States of Europe. We should talk about electing a president of the E.U., rather than having one selected from the heads of government.

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Unfortunately, corruption is widespread in government agencies and public enterprises.

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If we were the problem, it would be very convenient, kick Greece out, everything's fine. But what happened to Spain? What about Portugal? What about Italy? What about the whole of the Eurozone? We need more cooperation and less simplification and prejudice about what has to happen.

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Greece's history in the drachma was an up-and-down history, a roller coaster.

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Despite the deep reforms we are making, traders and speculators have forced interest rates on Greek bonds to record highs.

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This idea that you're a successful tough guy if you evade taxes and deceive the state has got to change.

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I would say we are a friend in need and I am sure that the Greek people would very much welcome the choice of the British people to come and enjoy Greece, first of all, but also that would be a sign of support.

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I have a deep sense of responsibility to my country and Greek people.

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About George Papandreou

Quotes 48 sayings
Profession Former Prime Minister of Greece
Birthday June 16, 1952

The structures in Europe in a globalising economy need to be modernised, need to be more integrated, need to be stronger.

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There is this concept of politics as a dirty game.

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You can theorise about the options you have but in reality they are very specific.

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But sovereign debt is a wider question not only in Europe but across the globe.

While every country is a unique case, I think it's not an issue of countries acting on their own. We need a more coordinated strategy not only in Europe but around the world.

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I have always said I will be in politics to serve as best as I can and it will take me wherever it will take me.

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I will always be upfront with the Greek people, so we can solve the country's problems together.

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How can a parliamentarian or a leader in a country say, on the one hand, that we're going to support Greece but at the same time say that Greeks are lazy?

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Greece has given Europe the opportunity to fix a defect in the euro zone, that is the fact that we did not have a fiscal union. Now steps have been taken to begin that process. And there is more solidarity from nation to nation, and that is a good thing. That has been Greece's gift to Europe.

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In ancient Greece, politics and the market were not decoupled.

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At times of distress, we all like to recall the advice of fathers and mothers.

The best advice my father gave me was to keep faith and deep confidence in the potential of the Greek people; nurture the belief that they can do things.

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Very often, people will come out and say, 'Greeks aren't doing things, Greeks aren't making changes, there's no reform,' That is hogwash. We have made a huge effort. The Greek people have made a huge effort.

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When I was growing up in the United States and Sweden, I never thought about becoming a politician.

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Today I want to send a message of optismism to all Greeks.

Our road, our path, will be more stabilised. Our country will be in a better situation. We will be stronger.

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People would say you look weak if you're not cursing the opposition and driving around in a big black car while always wearing a tie. Above all, to be 'strong' you're always supposed to be giving orders.

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The real problem in Greece is not cutting taxes, it's making sure that we don't have tax evasion.

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If you put all the European countries together, we are the biggest economy in the world.

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The Greek people do not want to exit the euro, and I believe the Greek people already have shown that they have made major sacrifices to stay within the Eurozone.

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Every leader wants to put his or her imprint on the work that they do, and grow up in specific eras.

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As long as I feel I am doing what I think is right and just for my country, for the Greek people, that is enough for me. Saving Greece from this crisis was the first thing on the agenda. We are now on a much more normalised road.

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Europe is a strong market for the U.S. If it has problems, if there's a lack of consumer confidence, if there's a deeper recession, this will deeply affect jobs in the U.S.

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I can officially state that my government and myself believe that all over Europe we need to open a debate on the 'drug question' in order to create more coherent and human policies with better perspectives. . . . The policy of criminalizing consumers has failed, creating many problems to our society.

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Many people have been pontificating, and patronizing, and moralizing, and scapegoating, saying you Greeks, you are the problem. I would say we Greeks have a problem. We are not the problem.

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An elected government making huge changes with the consent of its people, is being undermined by concentrated powers in unregulated markets-powers which go beyond those of any individual government.

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It is important that the Greek people make decisions on important developments.

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We stand united, facing the big responsibility to change our country into a nation of justice, solidarity, humanity and green development.

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We in Europe have great capacities.

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There are certain moments in the history of a nation when the choices made define the decades to come.

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I never thought of politics as a profession.

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Politics also means educating people.

It's important to speak openly with our fellow Greeks, to tell them what our problems are and that we have to change something.

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I never thought about becoming a politician.

But during the military dictatorship, my grandfather was put in prison six times and my father twice. If my family and my country didn't have this history, I might be a professor somewhere today.

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We Greeks want change. We know there are problems in our system. We have great potential but we need to manage our country well. Now that hasn't been done over the last decades. And that is, of course, what we are paying for.

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Markets are saying pretty much what I'm saying too: that Greece is doing what it can, but that Greece is not going to be able to carry the weight of all of Europe and the other problems that Europe has.

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This is global governance in the making. But we must agree, and agree to a binding commitment.

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I am proud of being a Greek of the diaspora.

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Everyone needs to carry out his own personal revolution.

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