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Greece’s Bailout PM Papandreou receives Distinguished Leader Award

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*

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  1. You got to be kidding. Probably the worst prime minister since the coup has recieved a award for leadership?

    He stood on the podium and blatantly lied and infamously declared “ λεφτά υπάρχουν (we have money)”

    Him and the rest of the traitors should be he’d accountable for their actions and charged with treason and dragged into syntagma square like they dealt with them years ago for what they’ve done to Hellas and it’s people

  2. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    Unbelievable. Presumably this is ignorant Yankees pushing for the crook to get such a completely inappropriate award. Not content with electing Trump, they want to promote incompetence globally…

  3. Well that sounds about right if you are of the opinion that there is an agenda aiming for the New World Order. The nation state is anathema to globalists, so naturally someone who turns a once proud nation into a vassal state is going to be awarded honours.

  4. I think he (Papandreou) was the best leader in years. If he had been left to complete his plan, Greece would have exited their debt like other countries did by now. But emotions ran high and he was run out of town. The Greek American community realizes Papandreou’s contribution even if many Greeks voted him out wrongly in hindsight. To Mr. Martin above, as I have read other informed comments from you, would you say we are better today in Greece than we would have been by leaving George Papandreou in power?

  5. “Papandreou understands leading in turbulent times.” Note that they’ve been using this exact same description since he took up his university post in 2011.
    Question: Why now? (What’s up?)
    ILA = Iignorant yankees maybe but – definitely! – lots of Euro sharks whose bank balances Greeks toil to keep fat.

  6. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    @Adama: The problem as I see it is this. Pap was appointed PM at the very start of the eurozone crisis, when Greece was being blamed by Germany for it (!!) and the European banking system was under serious threat. French and German banks were especially liable to collapse.

    The previous (ND) government had just discovered that they had no money to pay the very large bills for expiring bonds, most from the 1980s. They called an election, and in that election Pap made his infamous remark “There is money”. He was elected partly because people trusted him to find the money, with much talk of his links with the USA.

    As soon as he was elected, he started publicly begging for money and went to France and Germany. To Sarkozy he said on TV (I saw it live) “I am the prime minister of a bankrupt country where nobody pays their taxes”. With this incorrect statement, he expected the French and Germans to lend money to Greece? He betrayed Greece with this attack on Greek citizens, and made no attempt (behind the scenes) to get a serious deal for Greece to borrow money on reasonable terms. At that moment, it was even possible for Greece to threaten the stability of French and German banking: Papandreou did no such thing. He merely begged for money for a “useless country” that he was unlucky enough to be in charge of.

    When news of his betrayal and imcompetence reached Pasok in Athens, they decided to remove him. (Of course, they should never have appointed him anyway.) When he realised this, abroad, he started fussing about the right for Greece to have a referendum to remain in or leave the eurozone. This was merely a diversion to protect himself, and try to blame everything on the Germans.

    The point is that the guy had no plan, no strategy, no alliances with Ireland, Spain etc, and no interest at all in the Greek people. He saw being PM of Greece as a career move from which he would go to more important posts. He had no hesitation in betraying the people of Greece for his own personal interests. To my mind, that is treason: it most certainly is not “distinguished leadership” in the normal sense of the phrase.

  7. @Mr. Martin… Although many might disagree with you, it does seem like your reply is a very good argument against Papandreou and I can’t deny it. However, I would ask you one more time if I may. What do you think would have happened if Papandreou would not have been replaced? Would eventually Greece have exited their debt as many Greek-Americans have alluded to? Thanks again for the indepth response.

  8. @Martin I don’t always agree with your point of view , but I couldn’t of said it better myself.

  9. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    @Stelio: it’s good to agree on something.
    @Adama: No, Greece was being offered nothing when Papandreou was PM. Nor was it ever going to be, because he failed to act in the national interest and exert the strongest possible pressure on France and Germany. There was much discussion at the time that his behaviour was associated with pressure from Obama “not to rock the boat” — that is, not to put the interests of the Greek people before the interests of international banking. Arguably, his award for “distinguished leadership” is a US-led “Thank-You” for betraying the Greek people.

    So, there was no way that Pap could remain in power unless the eurogroup rapidly changed direction and tried to rescue the Greek state instead of French and German banks. There was no way that they were going to do that voluntarily; and not one of the Pasok crooks from Greece that took the country into the euro was prepared to stick his neck out to save his country. They are all raking in high salaries and pensions, to this very day. You know their names.

  10. Ευάγελος Πεζάς

    Next they will award -posthumously- the Humanitarian award to Idi Amin!

  11. Greece was headed down the abys regardless, no politician could have saved the State.