The prime minister who brought the International Monetary Fund to Greece and toured European capitals for months shaming his own people as ‘tax evaders’ received the Distinguished Leadership Award 2017 by the International Leadership Association(ILA).
Former Prime Minister George Papandreou received the Award on Friday, October 13th, during the annual globalcongress of the ILA.
In a statement in summer announcing the Award receiver, the ILA wrote:
“As the Prime Minister of Greece from 2009 to 2011, Papandreou understands leading in turbulent times. A public servant for many years, his election as prime minister after the devastation of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 came with a mandate to increase transparency and reduce corruption in Greece’s government while humanizing globalization and its economic effects on Greek citizens. Challenged by time and global financial markets, he made the difficult decision to implement austerity programs and cuts to appease the Eurozone. For his work in 2010 of “making the best of Greece’s worst year,” Foreign Policy Magazine named him a Top 100 Global Thinker. His experiences on the front lines of the Eurozone crisis provide an important lens for understanding Europe today and the continuing struggle, globally, to build inclusive, humane economies. Currently, as President of the Socialist International, a worldwide organization of progressive political parties, Papandreou continues to work on globalizing democratic institutions to meet the global economic challenges and challenges of the imagination that impede a fairer, more just world.”
Papandreou commented “It is a profound honor for me to receive ILA’s 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award. I look forward to engaging with the business leaders, political leaders, and thought-leaders attending the ILA global conference this October.”
I could not bother to internet surfing about ILA and who is sitting on its board.
The issue is that ILA is very far away from Greece and all those who think negative of Distinguished Leader Papandreou.
Several politicians and common citizens still criticize Papandreou – in case they still pother to deal with him – for having ‘delivered’ the country to the lenders without a tiny bit of better terms during the first bailout negotiations, for having surrendered to the lenders and for being a puppet in their hands. They replaced him in Cannes in Nov 2011, adding one more humiliation to Greece.
Nevertheless, his former PASOK colleagues – now Democratic Alliance – rushed to congratulate Papandreou for the Leadership Award. As the Alliance leadership elections are due even the small support of Papandreou’s tiny party would be needed…
PS Greek politics *sigh*