Papoulias: Greek Revival an Obligation to Younger Generations

    Papoulias_GreeceGreece will exit the crisis only if it applies a national reconstruction plan beyond a memorandum’s directives, President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias said on Sunday, in his annual message for the celebrations of Greek Independence Day on March 25. “Today we are at a threshold of crossing over the final exit from the crisis, depending on whether a national plan of reconstruction beyond the memorandum and the memorandum’s mentality is implemented,” Papoulias said.

    The president also stressed that “fulfilling fundamental targets on a specific timetable is not just an option, it is an obligation before the new generation, which has been greatly wronged by older generations.”

    Referring to the struggle for independence from the Ottoman rule that broke out in 1821, Papoulias said “the impossible can become possible through harmony (among us), courage and decisiveness,” very much like the fighters of the time, whose “self-denial and faith in ideal and noble visions always serve as a source of inspiration and lessons on how national trials and tribulations may be overcome.”

    “Our country has gone through a lot since then — wars, civil war anguish and bankruptcies. Today we belong amongst the most developed countries in the world and at the core of the European Union, having gone through four hard years because of the economic crisis,” he said, noting that “several of our fellow country people are being tried harshly, the social cohesion has been in jeopardy, and even the quality of our democracy has become opaque.”

    Papoulias also said that “our thoughts are also with Cyprus, as 40 years after the Turkish invasion it remains partitioned and our Cypriot brothers are being harshly tried because of the economic crisis.”
    (source: ana-mpa)


    1. As commented earlier how nice it is to have Papoulias recount from first hand experience our revolutionary past and opening the door of opportunity for our children. It would be even more appreciated if he would lead by example and retire.

    2. Let’s face it, the whole leadership here is geriatric, together with their thinking!

    3. Papoulia, Greece is a hopeless case…Neither the young nor the old can do anything to bring it back on tracks…Greece is will never prosper under these circumstances…

    4. It is interesting that suddenly “the next generation” and its importance is in the limelight. For the past forty years little was done to advance the prospects of the young who will inevitably carry the torch of the country through this century. And it’s deplorable just how little was spent on that future. When you have politicians wrangling over moot principles, not caring that the university students are missing prescious time to get on with that future, you see just how concerned this government is with “the next generation.”

      From the fact that heating oil was denied to to the children’s schools in the north of Greece and the answer was to send them home, the world can see just how concerned the officials are about “The next generation.”

      Finally the greed, graft and corruption which only steels from the public and denies it the funds to invest in our youth’s jobs and education, the handwriting is on the wall. It is obvious this old man, whom many respect for his years of patriotic service is only now being used as a front for the lame politicians to hide behind, giving a message which is beautiful in theory, but just not backed up by their deplorable incompetence and dereliction of duties.

    5. The leftists “gift” to younger generations is leave them saddled with debt and filling Greece with antihellenic illegals. Papoulias generation of cowardly appeasing leftists did the exact opposite of what our ancestors did to liberate Greece

    6. Sure. Because T-nto “cares” about the Greek people. Wake up re. This antihellenic troll is trying to ethnically delete Greeks much like all of FYROMs other apologists.

    7. You’re grasping at straws now. Why don’t you go watch TV for awhile. People have better things to read.

      But thanks for playing

    8. Right. More evasion.

      What’s the name of the former Yugoslav region to the north of Greece again?

      “The whole story about Ancient Macedonia sounds undoubtedly very nice. However, there is a great problem, a huge hole of about 2,000 years during which we have neither oral nor written tradition, nor a single scientific argument” – former Prime Minister of FYROM Ljubco Georgievski, FOCUS, 31 March 2008

    9. Right. Evasion again. What’s the name of the former Yugoslav region to the north of Greece again?

      (insert unrelated reply by T-nto to avoid criticism as to why he treasonously calls Skopian propagandists threatening Greece “macedonians”)


      “We are Slavs. There’s no connection between us and Alexander the Great. ” – Kiro Gligorov, President of FYROM

    10. You’re just blessing your beard again. Maybe you should take up stamp collecting or something. Getting out and hiking also would be good for you.
      Have a great life. I really have to be getting back to Earth now.

    11. How can Greece prosper when so many Greeks are leftists that shamelessly and self-righteously demand government handouts (i.e backs of other Greeks) rather than working on being productive themselves so they at least aren’t a burden to other families?

      To paraphrase wise words, too many are asking what their country can do for them. Not enough asking what they can do for their country.

    12. “Greek Reporter welcomes and encourages commentary by our readers that fosters a polite, healthy, thoughtful and productive dialogue to further analyze the issues we cover.

      Free speech is one of our core values – we are reporters after all- and we do not exclude any individuals, groups and their ideas as long as you are polite to all the members of our Community, including other commentors and authors.

      While comments get posted without being reviewed, the GR team post-monitors comments for abusive language, personal attacks, spam and other offensive practices.

      We kindly ask you to help us keep Greek Reporter a safe online community by flagging any comment you think violates our guidelines, or report any users who make threats or harass others.”

      “Community Guidelines” –Greek Reporter

    13. Ah the thug trying to silence me again. And is you ranting “racism”, “fascism” and psycho meet that definition of polite dialogue you hypocritical troll?

      Sorry if it offends you for me being critical of your continued collusion with Skopian ultranationalist extremists threatening Greece, If you wish me to stop being critical stop callng them Macedonians. If you wish to hide your shame for calling them “macedonians” that I will call a spade a spade. You effectively are doing your part in subtle attempt to ethnically delete the Greek people by trying to delete our very identity. Supprorting ethnic cleansing and irredentism is not a “human right” you antihellenic bandwagen jumping bigot.

    14. The “stalker” rides again. . . 🙂

      Don’t you get tired of following me around? Accusing me of beliefs and words you love put into my mouth? Hey, what ever gives you that redundant crusade you seem to live for. .

      But just play by the rules. OK?: . . .

      “. . . we do not exclude any individuals, groups and their ideas as long as you are polite to all the members of our Community, including other commentors and authors. . . .the GR team post-monitors comments for abusive language, personal attacks, spam and other offensive practices. . . “

    15. More evasion. Big surprise. T-nto the antiGreek thug trying to manipulatively silence my criticism of his racist behavior towards Greeks again.

      Dear troll, how am I “stalking” by responding to your posts??? Why don’t you play by your own alleged rules by not accusing others of “stalking”, “fascism”, “racism, and other ad homimens you hypocrical manipulative troll?

      Hey T-nto. We once again missed your presence on the thread with Skopian coming here claiming to be related to ancient Macedonians, insinuating Macedonia Greece is occupied, and blurting hate speech against Greeks. Your selective vision when it comes time to protecting the human rights of Greeks continues to amaze. I will continue to use my free speech to condemn the bigotry people like you have shown Greeks on the name dispute.

    16. Agreed then. We both are afforded “free speech.” Cool. Just respect the “guidelines” and don’t harass or use “hateful” speech.

      I am truly flattered you read all of my comments so often and so carefully.

      As I tell my Greek friends and those foreigners abroad–you are my biggest fan 🙂

      But why should I tell people how I feel, when I have you to tell everyone my beliefs and politics? Ha ha ha.

      LC: There are two rules in life:
      A) Don’t sweat the small stuff
      B) It’s all small stuff

      Have a great time tracing my steps this week.

    17. Sure. Respect the guidelines (and human rights) but instead of being a pretentious patronizing bigot that apologizes for Skopian propagandists threatening Greeks, stop calling them Macedonians and condemn them. Show some moral consistency rather than trying to bury your mistake for calling the Macedonians.

      You have no Greek friends. No Greek would ever be friends with an anti-greek bigot that apologizes for Skopians trying to ethnically delete Greeks. (Only someone of non-Greek identity would do that — like yourself)

      Have a fun time evading my criticism of your support of Skopians trying to exterminate the Greek people by trying to silence by free speech.

    18. I’ll be sure to tell my Greek friends and relatives, that their friendship and love for me is not real, according to you. I’m sure they will be amused.

      It’s becoming very clear that you are not only obsessed with some extremist ideas, but you also seem to be obsessed with me. 🙂

      Keep an eye on that. . . it’s been known to be unhealthy. In most civilized countries, they call it “stalking.”

    19. You apparently are obsessed with me. You keep replying!

      You, like the Skopians irredentists you apologize for, can make all the empty narratives you wish. No one Greek would ever be your friend if they knew you treasonously supported Skopians trying to ethnically delete Greeks and annex 1/3 of our county. Even your alleged pseudo-Greek wife clearly doesn’t give a damn about Hellenism if she would marry an antihellenic foreigner troll like you.

      As for extremism… an extremist is an ethnic cleansing bigot that looks the other way as the former Yugoslavians turn into ancient macedonians, abuse the name Macedonia to encourage irredentism, and tries to narrate greeks out of existence… .all to hide their shame for calling Skopians “Macedonians”.