Greece’s main opposition party, the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), announced on Thursday that the its candidates for May’s European parliamentary elections would include historic resistance fighter and national MP Manolis Glezos.
Continuing with the internal restructuring of the party’s candidates for the forthcoming local and EU elections, Glezos’ candidacy was confirmed by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras himself, who made the announcement while campaigning on Crete.
Glezos, aged 91, who in May 1941 tore down the Nazi swastika from the Acropolis weeks after the country was occupied by the Germans, is understood to be seeking a place in the European Parliament in order to raise Greece’s claims on Germany for reparations from the Second World War as well as the repayment of the forced occupation loan.
“The German war reparations, which were never addressed by the current government, will be brought up by Manolis Glezos in the very first meeting of the European Parliament,” mentioned Tsipras in his statement.
If Glezos’ bid is successful, it won’t be his first term as an MEP, as he was elected for PASOK in the June 1984 European Parliament elections, a seat he resigned after only six months.
The political leadership of SYRIZA will meet again on Friday to announce formally its MEP candidates, thus confirming the last two slots following the recent turmoil caused by the candidacy of Roma activist Sabiha Suleiman.
The oldest member of the outgoing EU parliament is former Italian Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita, who turned 86 in February.