TVP INFO Interview 25/05/2016:Midwives and manufacturers, lawyers and labourers, farmers and phone companies, unions and universities – they’ve spoken with one voice, proving the strength of feeling about Britain staying in Europe. I don’t speak out of any love for Brussels – just a deep-hearted love for Britain. When I look at the EU I see 500 million people we can trade with and a network of countries we can combat crime with. In times of economic uncertainty, when the threat of terrorism is so grave, I know we need those things more than ever. And in an age when democracy, equality and human rights are no longer assured, the EU has become an even more powerful means of standing alongside those who share our fundamental values. Remember Britain has the best of both worlds – a special status in the EU. We are part of the Single Market but keep our own currency. We can trade and travel but have kept our own borders. While the Leave plan is left blank, we’re clear what we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for jobs. Three million people’s livelihoods are linked to trade with Europe, countless more indirectly. Indeed, every single job depends on a strong economy, which, in turn, depends on our membership of the EU. Last week the Governor of the Bank of England said we may suffer a new recession if we left. We know all too well who’s hit hardest in a recession – the poorest and most vulnerable.
ANT 1 Interview 22/05/2016:A day before the historic referndum on the UK’s membership of the EU I was interviewed on Greek TV by ANT 1, to give my view on the issue. I made it clear that as our closest neighbour, we must continue to remain a member of the European Union because when we leave, there is no going back…. The door will be shut for good. What’s more, 45 percent of our trade is done with the EU. An exit therefore puts our existing trade agreements at risk, and with that jobs, and crucially investment. If we want to create more jobs, better-paid jobs and higher-quality jobs, and if we want to keep protecting the rights of British workers, there is no road to the future that does not go through Europe. But the vote tomorrow is about more than that. It is a momentous, generation-defining decision about what kind of country we are and what kind of future we offer our children. Britain should be leading in Europe, not leaving it.
TRT World Service interview 20/9/2015: The interview came the day when the Greeks went to the ballot boxes again for the second time in one year, to vote for a new government. The Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras won for the second time, and I gave my reaction. To watch the full interview, please click on this link.
BBC Victoria Derbyshire interview 6/7/2015:I was invited to be part of the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC 2. It came at a time when the country I love and feel passionate about, had voted NO “OXI”, to creditors proposals for a new bailout. I expressed how I believed this was the wrong decision to make, and that in all its victory, it will harm the future generations to come for Greece. I myself was YES “NAI”, and remain so. Stability and prosperity are what nations need… and, I believe that by Greece being part of the Euro, we “WILL” find this. Democracy has taken place and we accept the result, but sadly the real pain is yet to come, along with the European hostility in future negotiations. #NAISTINELLADA #NAISTOEURO
BBC Victoria Derbyshire interview 21/8/2015: Many thanks to the Victoria Derbyshire program that asked me to attend the studio, to discuss with others, the “What happens next question” facing Greece as the country has snap elections. Comes at a time when the country I, like many others love, faces political and economical uncertainty that without a doubt has ruined generations to come. Say the truth and nothing but the truth. Be different, and never say just what your mind has to say…. Say what the heart says when it come down to your country. God bless Greece, and pray that one day we will move on from this catastrophe that the Syriza amateur government has brought upon us. The clip below for part of the full interview, can be seen via this link “Despite the economic and political uncertainty that Greece faces, it still remains one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and we should not forget that because its not all bad.”- At the end of the interview, my final words!