Former Prime Minister, Former President of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PA.SO.K.)
Member of Parliament Achaia
- Place AND Date οf Birth:
- Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, on 16-06-1952.
- Marital Status:
- Married to Ada Papapanou and has a daughter and a son
- Sociology, Amherst University, USA; emigration issues, University of Stockholm; postgraduate Studies in the Sociology of Development, London School of Economics, and International Relations, Harvard University.
- Foreign Languages:
- English, Swedish.
Elected MP (PASOK) for Achaia in the general elections of 1981, 1985, 1989 (June and November), 1990, and 1993; and for Athens A in the general elections of 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007. In the general election of 2009 he was elected MP for Attica.
Minister for Foreign Affairs since 18-02-1999 to 10-03-2004. Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, 25-09-1996 to 18-02-1999; Minister for Education and Religious Affairs (1988-1989 and 1994-1996); Deputy Minister for Culture (1985-1987); Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1993-1994). Member of the PASOK Central Committee since 1984. Vice-president of the Centre for Research and Self-Learning. Sits on the Boards of the Mediterranean Research Foundation and the Georgos Papandreou Foundation. Founding member of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, and co-ordinator of the campaign to win the 2004 Olympic Games for Athens. Received awards from the Botsis foundation for his struggle for free radio stations, 1988; from “SOS Racism” for his contribution in the fight against racism and xenophobia, 1996. He also received the Ipektsi Prize for his activities towards Greek-Turkish rapprochement (as Minister for Education (1995-1996). Proclaimed a Great Crusader of the Order of Orthodox Crusaders of the Holy Sepulchre, and awarded the Grand Cross by Diodoros I, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Published (in Greek): 1974-1990: The Orbit of History, and The Tree and the Forest (1996).