Former Prime Minister, Greece
George Papandreou served as Foreign Minister of Greece from 1999–2004, and was widely praised for his diplomatic bridge-building. He successfully negotiated better relations with old rival Turkey. He played a key role in the negotiations that led to Turkey’ EU candidacy in 1999 and Cyprus’ entry into the European Union in May 2004.
In 2004, Papandreou was elected leader of PASOK in the party and country’s first open primary – a move highly symbolic of his commitment to participatory governance. As Prime Minister from October 2009 to November 2011, George Papandreou continued to strengthen relationships within Southeastern Europe, promoting a “zero problem” neighborhood policy. The Greek initiative “agenda 2014” seeks to integrate the Western Balkan states into Europe by 2014 – a significant milestone one hundred years after the outbreak of World War I.
Around the world, Papandreou has deployed ‘Green Diplomacy,’ calling for the protection of the environment. Above all, George Papandreou is a firm believer in all-inclusive democracy. He has championed human rights at home and abroad, and has actively sought to maximize citizen participation in governance through information technologies. His leadership of PASOK has ushered in a new era of accountability and transparency in government.
George Papandreou is married to Ada Papandreou and has two children.