George A. Papandreou - President of Socialist International - Former Prime Minister
George A. Papandreou - President of Socialist International - Former Prime Minister
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Truce/Civilization

The idea of the Olympic Truce is based upon the deep belief that athletics and Olympic ideals can contribute to the creation of a peaceful and better world. The basic aim of this endeavor is to facilitate initiatives that promote dialog, reconciliation, mutual understanding, solidarity and peace. George A. Papandreou is quite in supporting that one of the ideas promoted by the movement for Olympic Truce involves inter-cultural dialogue. All the more with regards to the Mediterranean, an area that encompasses various civilizations.
In the context of foreign policy the practice of politics becomes an educative process. Not one of ready-made solutions and imposed prototypes or magical formulae from all-powerful leaders. The politician is called upon to lead the debate, and provide for the space for ideas to grow, be challenged, be shaped as our moral tools to deal with everyday life or new and difficult challenges. There is no doubt that mankind is faced with unprecedented challenges of economic and political globalization in this century. These new challenges bring new ethical, cultural and social dilemmas. They also raise a fundamental question: how can we guarantee the ‘democratic’ nature of global phenomena, when, by their very nature, they go beyond the control of the nation-state as we know it? There’s a firm belief that there’s a political answer to these phenomena: the heart of the European ethos lies in building the institutions and practices of inclusiveness. Building a new democratic Europe, which encompasses all is at the heart of all political challenge.

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