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Nikos Papandreou has been living too lavishly

23 January 2012 / 20:01:10  GRReporter
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Surprise and questions were raised by the recent information about the lifestyle of the brother of the PASOK leader. According to a report in a large Greek daily newspaper, Nikos Papandreou is living more than affluently, especially considering the current economic situation in Greece. GRReporter recalls that a week ago, it published information on the involvement of the third brother Andrikos Papandreou in foreign companies, which had staked on the default of Greece.

According to the publication, the former prime minister's brother, who is a writer by occupation, is living with his family "in a rented three-story villa in the expensive suburb of Ekali with a swimming pool, garage with two luxury cars, a domestic helper, a driver and security." The total area of the house is 530 sq. m. and the two cars - a Porsche and BMW – are owned by a rent-a-car company.

The author of the article states that until recently, Nikos Papandreou lived in a 150 sq. m. flat in the suburb of Vrilissia. About a year ago, his family moved to the luxury villa in Ekali paying a rent of 5000-6000 euro.

Following the publication of reports and photographs on the Internet, a text by Nikos Papandreou appeared as a response to the newspaper. In it, the brother of the former prime minister refutes most of the published information. "For a year and a half, different blogs and newspapers have been dealing with me diligently, having no reliable data, of course. Today's front page of the newspaper is no different from blogs. I guess their only aim is to throw mud at the Papandreou family to destroy it forever," he wrote.

Nikos Papandreou states that he does not own the two expensive cars and that the Porsche "is owned by a visitor who parks his car in my garage." He also states that his car is "a family Volvo, 2003 model" and that he is ready to send to the editor’s office copies of his tax returns over the last ten years. "Of course I support the obligation for all of us to show the sources of our income." George Papandreou’s brother said about the comments on the expensive suburb ironically, "It seems to be a great sin to live in Ekali" and stressed, "I do not hold a public office, do not receive taxpayers' money and do everything possible not to burden the state financially."

Greek media comment that "since legal is not always moral" the brother of a political leader and former prime minister should clarify the amount of rent he pays for his "residence" and the cost of its maintenance.

The newspaper responded that Nikos Papandreou might have forgotten his flight to Qatar with the prime minister’s plane. The editors reject with sarcasm his denials and urge him not to dare to call again PASOK members "rayah", while he "is living as a Maharaja." "That’s it for today. If we see that the arrogance of a 55-year-old man who has not yet become an adult and does not behave as a man but as a spoilt child of his family continues to overflow, then we will have to deal with the matter again. So, Nikos, never mind," adds the text of the publication. At the same time, Nikos Papandreou's letter provoked numerous comments in grammatical terms for an obvious spelling mistake.

Tags: PoliticsGeorge PapandreouNikos PapandreouPublicationExpensive villaLuxury cars
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