George Papandreou

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George Papandreou is the prime minister of Greece, whose Socialist Party came to power after trouncing the center-right government in the October 2009 election. Papandreou is also the president of the Socialist International, a loose grouping of 170 labor, social democratic and democratic socialist parties and organizations around the world, including Democratic Socialists of America.

Early life

Papandreou was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, grew up in California, and studied on the East Coast in Massachusetts, Amherst College. He also lived in Canada for some years and other parts of the world, as "we were exiled during the [US-supported] dictatorship in Greece".[1]

Global Progressive Forum, Brussels 2009

Progressives from all over the world are getting together in Brussels on April 2-3, 2009 at the Global Progressive Forum to discuss how to create a better globalization for people[2]


9.00-10.30 Workshop 6: Why Africa matters (Hemicycle)

  • Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, former Prime Minister of Portugal and former President of Socialist International
  • George Papandreou, MP, President of PASOK, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Greece
  • Aminata Traoré, former Minister of Culture, novelist, Mali
  • Mody Guiro, General Secretary, CNTS, Senegal

Progressive Governance Conference

Policy Network's Progressive Governance Conference took place in Oslo on 12 and 13 May, 2011.

Hosted by the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, and organized in partnership with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), the conference brought together centre-left leaders from across Europe and other countries around the world, as well as over 200 leading academics, political thinkers and policymakers.

The Norwegian prime minister welcomed a number of heads of state and party leaders including: George Papandreou, prime minister of Greece; Boris Tadic, president of Serbia; Eamon Gilmore, deputy prime minister of Ireland; Job Cohen, leader of the Dutch Labour party; Håkan Juholt, leader of the Swedish Social Democrats; Caroline Gennez, leader of the Flemish Socialist Party; Ed Milliband, leader of the UK Labour party; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, leader of the Danish Social Democrats; Victor Ponta, leader of the Romanian Socialist party.

Leading academics, political figures and policy thinkers included, among others: Tom Bentley, deputy chief of staff to the Australian prime minister; Liam Byrne, UK shadow secretary of state for work and pensions; Helen Clark, head of the UN development programme; Anna Diamantopoulou, Greek minister of education; Marco Aurelio Garcia, senior foreign policy adviser to the Brazilian President; Jacob Hacker, professor at Yale University; Will Hutton, executive vice-chair of the Work Foundation; Raymond Johansen, secretary general of the Norwegian Labour Party; Karen Kornbluh, US ambassador to the OECD; Pascal Lamy, director-general of the WTO; Enrico Letta, deputy secretary of the Italian Democratic Party; Matthias Machnig, minister of labour, economics and technology in the German state of Thuringia; Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Party of European Socialists; John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress; Andrés Velasco, former minister of finance of Chile.[3]


  1. TYR Feb. 2010
  2. [, GPF newsletter, President Bill Clinton at GPF Brussels 2009 Lundi, Février 2, 2009 - 00:00]
  3. Policy network, Progressive Governance Conference 03 May 2011