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The big capital and the Greek left - marriage of propriety

10 November 2014 / 15:11:03  GRReporter
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Today former director of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 Gianna Angelopoulou met with leader of the left opposition SYRIZA party Alexis Tsipras. The discussion took place in his parliamentary office as part of the preparation of the conference of the "Clinton Global Initiative", which will be held in Athens in June 2015.

This is Gianna Angelopoulou’s second consecutive meeting associated with the organization after that with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. The Greek media have not failed to note that the meeting with the SYRIZA leader is taking place three weeks after Gianna Angelopoulou’s laudatory statements about the party in her interview for newspaper "Kathimerini". In it she stated, "In Tsipras I see a young man who speaks in a manner designed to reach what I call an "anti-system". I am not going to express an opinion on his programmes because I see that some of the methods that they use to emphasize the problems are naive."
 
The "flirting" between Gianna Angelopoulou who represents part of the biggest business in Greece and SYRIZA, which also includes apparently far left formations is not at all coincidental, as stated by leading analysts in Greece.

The comment of journalist Athanasios Papandropoulos published in the online edition europeanbusiness.gr is in the same strain and GRReporter presents it to its readers. The title is, "Why Gianna Angelopoulou knows very well what she is saying."

Some people in Greece are surprised at how a rich woman like Gianna Angelopoulou can openly declare her support for SYRIZA, claim that she is against "the system" and "delighted" by the rhetoric of Mr. Alexis Tsipras. Of course, with this last remark, Mrs. Angelopoulou shows how distant her relationship with the Greek language and its quality is, but that is another topic.

As is clearly another issue also the fact that Mrs. Angelopoulou considers as a"revival" of political life in the country a party the members of which were witnesses for the defence of the murderers of "17 November" - the terrorist organization that killed Dimitris Angelopoulos, the brother of her father-in-law, in the most daring way in 1986.

Of course, it has been 28 years since then and who remembers this tragic event. Anyway, who in Greece remembers the "bad" victims when even their families forget them!

However, let us go back to Mrs. Angelopoulou who is opposing the system. It is known that the former "Iron Lady" of the Olympics is extremely ambitious, ruthless in terms of objectives that must be achieved and has a sense of omniscience. And it stems from the wealth and the alleged power that it provides. At the same time, Mrs. Angelopoulou has close ties with the family of former US President Bill Clinton and the foundation established by him.

In June 2015, the foundation will organize the CGI Mediterranean conference in Greece on the initiative of Mrs. Angelopoulou. It should be noted that in addition to the annual conference, which takes place in New York in September each year, the foundation also organizes meetings and conferences, including the CGI America and CGI University.

Over the past two years, Mrs. Angelopoulou has supported initiatives of Greek students under the programme CGI University, by providing financial assistance to implement their proposals.

The CGI Foundation also encourages the creation of feasible commitment-making models in an international context by organizing conferences on specific thematic objectives to enhance partnerships and to develop new commitments to actions on a global scale.

Apart from the initiatives described above, the Clinton Foundation unconditionally seeks to have political influence at different levels, which typically occurs in indirect ways.

In this respect, it should be noted that in this phase of the geopolitical situation, the US is seeking to exert pressure on Germany to change the direction of its economic policy that the Americans perceive as deeply conservative and negative towards their interests. Moreover, they fear that the strengthening of the power of Germany in Europe will make Europe drift away from the US, probably in favour of other alliances.
 
Former President Bill Clinton has repeatedly stated in his speeches that the world is changing and the underlying economic phenomenon of the 21st century is the impressive emergence of Asia as a leading economic player. This means that the United States must make important decisions at a time when their economy is in a state of weightlessness. So, in an attempt to establish new connections, they do not want a very strong Germany in Europe.

Therefore, their belief is that a SYRIZA government would create problems for Germany, which in turn would allow the US negotiators in the Euro-Atlantic Agreement on trade and investment to strengthen their positions towards the European Union.

It is clear that Mrs. Gianna Angelopoulou stands on the side of Bill Clinton’s policy, which coincides with the opposition to Germany and the "advanced searches" on the part of her son Panagiotis.

On the other hand, the Theodoros Angelopoulos family has to solve some of its internal economic problems, which are contrary to the position or opinion of the supervisory Troika, namely interests contrary to the memorandum of economic assistance that a SYRIZA government could serve better. We do not believe that the question as to whether this is positive or negative for the country is a priority in the thinking of Mrs. Angelopoulou.

Tags: PoliticsGianna AggelopoulouSYRIZAAlexis TsiprasClinton Global InitiativeCGI
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