TA NEA, 27 July 2004
In a two-part interview, the President of PASOK turned back the clock and recalled one of the most turbulent periods of recent Greek history: the reinstatement of democracy thirty years ago and the bloody period of resistance during the seven-year junta that preceded it.
In his interview to the daily newspaper TA NEA, Mr. Papandreou talks about his father, Andreas Papandreou and the founding of PASOK, about Constantine Caramanlis and Nea Demokratia, about the left and the right in Greece and about the critical decisions taken during the part in history that allowed Greece to turn a leaf and begin on the road of stability and progress.
When asked to reflect on what this period means for him today, Mr. Papandreou noted: "When the junta came into power... ...suddenly there was a different kind of examination going on, based on a different culture. Vietnam played an important role, Latin America and Cuba. In Sweden, Americans who had opposed their government on Vietnam and who were fugitives, were teaching in schools there"
"There was a different culture those days, with rich ideas and creativity. I always want to keep this period alive, precisely because of that creativity. You need it today, just as much as you need a lot of heart and a lot of critical thinking."