Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be awarded for his courage to keep Greece in the euro, Patrick Wajsman, the founder and director of the quarterly French political affairs magazine Politique Internationale, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Wednesday.
During his visit to Paris, Tsipras will receive the “Prix du Courage politique” from the magazine and the “Prix de l’ Engagement Europeen” from the Paris Bar Association during two separate events.
Wajsman said that the main reason for the jury’s decision to honor the Greek prime minister this year was the fact that “despite the different orientation that Tsipras’ political family originally had, he found the courage to keep Greece in the euro and Europe, avoiding consequences that would have been disastrous for everyone.”
“He had the courage to make decisions in favour of Greece and Europe, he is a man of convictions and bravery,” he told ANA. “Real leaders are people who are capable of understanding the meaning of history and putting their personal inclinations in second place when needed, as did Alexis Tsipras,” he added.
“The Award belongs to the Greek people and I receive it on their name,” Tsipras said during the award ceremony. “It was the Greek people courage that brought me here. We resisted to the sirens and sailed the ship called Greece and Europe to safety. We resisted the uncontrolled bankruptcy and the plans of certain crises who wanted Greece outside the euro.”
a tiny award for a great courage?
Nope. Here is the real one.
The ceremony for the “European Commitment Award is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
While in Paris, Tsipras will also meet with French business people who are interested in investing in Greece.
Alexis Tsipras will meet President Emmanual Macron on Friday.
PS They got it all wrong. Tsipras found political courage in messing up with his own left-wing voters.