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George Papandreou is a paid speaker along with Bill Clinton and Al Gore

31 August 2012 / 17:08:44  GRReporter
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Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou is on the list of paid speakers of one of the most prestigious companies in the world, The Harry Walker Agency. His name is among those of Bill Clinton, Steve Forbes, Kofi Annan, Al Gore, Ingrid Betancourt, Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Beckham and many other world famous successful persons.

His profile contains some of the main topics on which Papandreou can offer the world his viewpoints. One of his lectures is entitled "Europe’s Future: How a United Europe Can Play a Leading Role in the 21st Century" and the most unpopular Greek politician argues in it that Europe, which is torn by internal economic problems, could be a global force in the world economy equal in power to the USA and China. Another lecture is entitled "Greece: In the Eye of the Storm - International Crisis and Why it is a Global Imperative for Greece to be a Success Story." The third topic that Papandreou addresses is the idea that Europe's debt crisis is an inevitable consequence of the lack of a uniform policy. He is ready to present his thoughts on "The European Experiment between Disaster and Success: Why (and How) We Must Redesign Europe" too.

One cannot but notice the irony in the new occupation of George Papandreou, who for two and a half years of governing has brought Greece in the deepest crisis the country has ever seen and managed to undermine the single European currency. However, George Papandreou is the first on the list of new faces of the speakers’ agency. The same prime minister who promised to make radical reforms, but they did not go beyond cuts of pensions and salaries. While he was in power, the tax burden on citizens who were paying their taxes anyway doubled but nothing reasonable was done for catching incorrect taxpayers. While Papandreou was making promises without keeping them, the main index of the Athens Stock Exchange lost more than 1,500 basis points, the recession deepened and reached over 6% and the foreign debt was dangerously close to 180% of GDP.

The Agency itself allows some of the most influential people in the world to share their thoughts, knowledge and visions to selected audience. This brings the speakers a profit, which is often very high. Imerisia gives the example of Bill Clinton, who received nine million dollars for 59 lectures a year. Being already unemployed, former Prime Minister George Papandreou has obviously decided that once he had fulfilled his duty to his country, he could start spreading his ideas to the rest of the world.

Tags: EconomyPoliticsPapandreouLectures
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