Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with Antonis SAMARAS, Prime Minister of Greece:
- extracts from the Commemoration ceremony in honour of Constantinos Karamanlis, former Prime Minister of Greece
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End production: 15/10/2013 First transmission: 15/10/2013
Commemoration ceremony in honour of Konstantinos Karamanlis, former Prime Minister of Greece in the presence of Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister of Greece -
the European Parliament commemorates Constantinos Karamanlis (1907-1998) a leader and patriot whose vision changed the history of Greece, guiding his homeland through times of political unrest toward an era of greater stability and prosperity.. He was elected as a Member of Parliament 12 times, and he governed the country as its prime minister for 14 years (1955-63, 1974-80) and as its president for 10 years (1980-85, 1990-95). He earned renown as one of the most prominent political figures of contemporary Europe by reintroducing democracy in Greece after the fall of the military regime in 1974 and restoring civil liberties. Having restored democracy in Greece, Karamanlis pursued a consistent strategy of making the country a full participant in the evolving project of European integration. Under his leadership Greece became a thriving member of the European Union.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels
||Arrival of Antonis SAMARAS, Prime Minister of Greec with Hans-Gert PÖTTERING, former EP President, Karamanlis Passerelle, European Parliament
||Constantinos Karamanlis portrait, Antonis SAMARAS, Prime Minister of Greece, Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
||Family picture (5 shots)
||Audience in the Yehudi Menuhin hall (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "We will not defend the legacy of people like Karamanlis or Adenauer, of Will Brandt or Helmut Schmidt, De Gasperi or Mitterrand and by the way even of Edward Heath if we will not mobilize all forces of the centre right and centre left in Europe of the Liberal and the Greens, all democratic forces in Europe to say this is common European project also inspired by people like Karamanlis is a historical project bringing peace to our continent."
||SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Antonis SAMARAS, Prime Minister of Greece," In our times, a time of huge economic turbulence and economic crisis , we face the challenges of solving our economic problems in the one hand and we disallow on the other the extremists and the populists to appear."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Antonis SAMARAS, Prime Minister of Greece, "We love our country too much to allow this phenomena to appear, and another way we do it is by honouring the legacy of such great historic figures and by pushing ahead for more Europe not less, more integration not less and yes a better Europe and a more interactive Europe , a more balanced Europe, a more social Europe, a more competitive Europe, a Untied Europe Constantinos Karamanlis had envisioned, thank you very much."