At his home at the age of 85
Former PASOK government minister Theodoros Bangalos has died at the age of 85, his own family has announced.
Theodoros Bangalos died at his home, his family announced via Twitter.
Our dear Theodoros Bangalos left us today, peacefully at home, with his family and close associates by his side.
Have a nice trip dear.
We will always remember you fondly.
— Theodoros Pangalos (@tpangalos) May 31, 2023
One of the most prominent political figures of the post-colonial era, he was a shrewd politician who made many friends and many enemies. His phrase “we ate together” went down in history for including all Greeks in a single law of the country’s bankruptcy.
His stance on Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan’s surrender to the Turks in 1999 was controversial, but so was his phrase during the Imiya period.
As expressed by the then leader of Geeta. When Limberis later asked Foreign Minister Theodoros Bakalos what he would say to the Greek people about removing the flag from Imia, Bakalos disarmingly replied:
“You say the flag is blown!”
He had also said:
“It is true that I have argued in favor of removing the flag, the flag-symbol is not a piece of cloth with national colours, which they put up under any circumstances wherever and whenever they smoke. A flag-symbol, in fact in such a situation, is an official flag, with a firm foundation, firmly attached, protected and watched over. “
In recent years, Bangalos has retired from public life and has repeatedly complained that he is facing financial difficulties and is not paying high ENFIA due to properties in his name.
In 2018 he said: “I live on 370 euros a month,” the former PASOK minister said after his pension was seized by the State General Accounting Office.
“Go out where?” And how do I get out? With what money? On the one hand, my physical integrity is threatened by far-right and far-left subjects. On the other hand, the parliamentary pension is 370 euros,” he says, among others, in an interview with “Proto Thema”.
“For five years now, they have confiscated my pension from the State Public Accounts Office. I called them several times and never got a clear answer. Don’t ask me how I’m living,” he notes, adding that he lives below the poverty line.
“I want to see them hanged in Syntagma Square. I will appeal to the Human Rights Court, I will give them trials and we will all celebrate together after the elections,” he added.
Theodoros Bagalos was born on August 17, 1938 in Elefsina. He is the son of Air Force Vice Captain Georgios Bagalos, who served as Deputy Chief of the General Staff. On his father’s side, he was the nephew of Navy Vice Admiral Theseus Pagalos and the eponymous general and dictator Theodoros d. Grandson of Bagalos.
At a young age he became involved in the student union, participating in various student groups. He was part of a group that inscribed the slogan “1 1 4” on the walls of public buildings (which later dominated the student protests of the 1960s). He was also a founding member of the “Grigoris Lambrakis” Democratic Youth Movement, renamed “Grigoris Lambrakis” Youth, as well as the left-wing organization “Student Democratic Resistance”.
In 1978 he ran for mayor of Elefsina and came third. He was also active in KKE at a young age. In the post-colonial period, he was a leading member of the broad center-left wing with the Panhellenic Socialist Movement.
He was elected Member of Parliament for Attica for the first time with PASOK in 1981, and has been elected in all the elections he has contested since then.
In March 2004 he was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Attica. He was appointed as the Head of PASOK’s Political Council in the Department of Growth, Competitiveness, Consumer Policy and Rural Development and PASOK’s Rapporteur on the Constitutional Review. He participates in the Hellenic Parliament’s delegation to the Council of Europe and the Western European Union. After PASOK’s victory in the 2009 elections, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Greece, a position he retained through both reshuffles of the Papandreou government. He was Deputy Prime Minister during the interim government of Loukas Papadimos.
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He studied Law and Economics (Doctor of Economic Sciences) at the University of Athens (Panthéon Sorbonne) in Paris I with a scholarship from the French government.
Significantly active in the student movement and a founding member of Lambrakis Youth, he played an active role in the anti-dictatorship struggle.
He worked as a researcher at the same university from 1969 to 1978 and was later appointed director of the university’s Economic Development Institute. He participated in the anti-dictatorship struggle and in 1968 the dictatorial regime stripped him of his Greek citizenship, which he regained after postcolonization.
In March 2004 he was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Attica. He was appointed as the Head of PASOK’s Political Council in the Department of Growth, Competitiveness, Consumer Policy and Rural Development and PASOK’s Rapporteur on the Constitutional Review.
He participates in the Hellenic Parliament’s delegation to the Council of Europe and the Western European Union. After PASOK’s victory in the 2009 elections, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Greece, a position he retained through both reshuffles of the Papandreou government. He was Deputy Prime Minister during the interim government of Loukas Papadimos.
He is the author of several articles and various books, including “Globalization and the Left” (2001), “Ephemeral Prophets – The Struggles of Neoliberalism and Social Movements in the Age of Globalization” (2005), “Europe at a Crossroads” (2005), “Intervention in Current Affairs”. ” (1994) and “Greece in the European Community” (1988).
He is married to Christina Christophakis and is the father of five children.
He withdrew from active political activities before the May 2012 elections.
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