Papoulias Against Young People Leaving Greece


President of the Greek Republic, Karolos Papoulias met with Nobel laureate and Professor Emeritus at the University of Heidelberg, Dr. Harald zur Hausen who was named Honorary Doctorate of Medicine School and Pharmacy Faculty at the University of Athens. During their meeting the two men discussed the fact that young Greek scientists are leaving the country in order to excel abroad. Papoulias expressed his concern on the matter and stressed the fact that they need to motivate young scientist in order to prevent them from leaving the country.

Dr. Harald zur Hausen visited the President of the Hellenic Republic this Wednesday, accompanied by his Greek fellow distinguished scientists Dr Christos Vasilakos, General Secretary of Research and Technology, J. Ioannidis, G. Kollias and P. Machairas, who are professors at the University of Athens.

Karolos Papoulias recalled a meeting he had in the past, in the city of Ioannina, with the Nobel laureate scientist, which according to him was “very interesting” and noted that “Greece is losing young, talented scientists who leave to work abroad.” However, he also mentioned that this may be slowly changing since some scientists appear to have returned.

Dr. Harald zur Haysen said he has many Greek colleagues, who work abroad and especially in his country, noting the scientists’ tendency to leave and never return. “This tendency should be reversed,” he concluded.


  1. Indeed in his career Papoulias has had several fond memories with scientist and engineers, Archimedes of Syracuse, Hero of Alexandria and Hipparchos of Nicaea.

  2. As a foreign ultra nationalist hostile towards Greeks you are in no position to lecture Greeks on anything.

  3. So many innovators yet Greece hasn’t exported nothing of value. It has sunk to third world when it comes to a country which should have been self sufficient by now.

    Your Ancient Greek forefathers says that you’re not related.

  4. Hah! Who the heck with sake mind would want to live in a fake country with fake “Greex” Albanian president!?!

  5. Your cowardice to face your own ethnic Bulgarian past isn’t very “macedonian” of you. 🙁

    “We are Bulgarians, more Bulgarians than the Bulgarians in Bulgaria

    “And, anyway, what sort of new Macedonian nation can this be when we and our fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers have always
    been called Bulgarians?”

    – father of the modern “Macedonian” national identity, Krste Misirkov