Today, January 3, 2015, George Papandreou held an open event for the presentation of his new political party at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece . The Greek former Prime Minister presented the identity and views of his political party, as well as its name, logo and founding declaration, in order to be able to participate in the upcoming elections on January 25.
George Papandreou also submitted the founding declaration of his “Democrat Socialists’ Movement” party to the Supreme Court of Athens. The party’s logo will be rose on a red background. The declaration was signed by 252 people, including Filippos Petsalnikos, Nikos Papandreou and Michalis Karchimakis.
With slogans such as “the movement is rising to bring down the right win,” “George go on, the whole country supports you,” and “George we will write history together,” the political party supporters encouraged George Papandreou to make his speech.
The former PM arrived at Benaki Museum around 6 p.m. and was met with a large crowd that blocked the museum entrance. During his speech he stressed that he does not wish to break the people, he wants to free them. “Without presenting any arguments they are using Andreas against me. How can they know what he would have wanted today?”
“On January 3, we begin, we begin again,” he said at the end of his speech. George Papandreou did not give any answers regards the IMF, troika or his plan to exit the Greek financial crisis.
Papandreou, 65, the son of a Greek political dynasty, left office in November 2011, after his controversial proposal for a referendum on the country’s European future was trashed by fellow European leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, who threatened to let Greece drop out of the Eurozone.
Since his resignation, the former Greek Prime Minister has spent much of his time lecturing on crisis management and austerity politics at U.S. and Scandinavian universities, and addressing gatherings of fund managers and bankers.
In a recent letter to Venizelos, Papandreou noted that PASOK had lost touch with its popular base and was “going nowhere.”