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Theodore Katsanevas

Theodoros Katsanevas
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
for Athens B
In office
5 November 1989 – 6 March 2004
Personal details
Born (1947-03-13) 13 March 1947
Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Political party Panhellenic Socialist Movement
  • Sofia Papandreou (−2000)
  • Georgia Tsetsou
Alma mater
Profession Economist
Website /

Theodore Katsanevas (Greek: Θεόδωρος Κατσανέβας; born 1947) is a Greek academic and politician. He was a member of the Greek Parliament from 1989 to 2004[1] for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PA.SO.K).[2] In May 2013 he founded the political party Drachmi Greek Democratic Movement Five Stars,[2] which campaigns for Greece to abandon the euro and return to the drachma.[3][4]


Katsanevas received his degree from the University of Piraeus.[5] He obtained an MA from the University of Warwick and a PhD from the London School of Economics.[5] He is Professor of labour economics at the University of Piraeus.[1][5]

In 1981, he was among the authors of the program for the Οργανισμός Απασχόλησης Εργατικού Δυναμικού; Ο.Α.Ε.Δ.), then in 1985 to the welfare state agency. He was elected deputy in the second electoral district of Athens with PASOK from 1989 until 2004, when he was officially restricted from standing as a candidate by the party itself.[6]

Economist Stavros Thomadakis called Katsanevas's 1984 book, Trade Unions in Greece "an important contribution to the systematic examination of the Greek labor union movement."[7]

As early as 2011, Katsanevas, as well as some other Greek economists, advocated for Greece abandoning the euro and returning to its former national currency, the drachma, as a response to the Greek government-debt crisis.[8] In 2013 he went on to found Drachmi Greek Democratic Movement Five Stars,[2] a Greek political party advocating such currency change.[4]

Papandreou heritage

Dimitra Liani (background, right), Andreas Papandreou (left) and United States President William J. Clinton in Washington, USA, in April 1994

Until their divorce in 2000, he was married to Sophia, the daughter of estate to his third wife, former airline hostess Dimitra Liani. Papandreou's relationship with Liani had been a source of controversy during his last years in public office, when his health was failing. He had placed Liani in charge of his office, and opponents of Papandreou alleged that she was overstepping the bounds of her authority and seeking to advance a political career of her own.[9] Liani became the subject of unfavourable news media attention,[20] including publication, by the newspaper Avriani (which for many years supported Papandreou) of old photographs that showed her naked with other women. These photographs were immediately denounced as "crude photo-montage"[20] and Liani accused Katsanevas of orchestrating the publicity against her; Papandreou supported her, seeking unsuccessfully to convince his three sons to ostracize their brother-in-law. The animosity within the family presumably led to the statement in the will calling Katsanevas a "disgrace."[9]

Theodore Katsanevas disputes the validity of the will[18] and in 2003 won a defamation trial against Spyros Karatzaferis, publisher of a newspaper which for some time in 1998 featured, every day on the front page, a photograph of Katsanevas subtitled "Disgrace". The judgement in the case does not, however, address the authenticity of the will.[2]

As a result of this matter being described in Katsanevas's biography in the Greek WorldHeritage, he brought a lawsuit against a Greek WorldHeritage user and administrator known by the user name "Diu", and the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society ("GFOSS", aka "EELLAK"), although neither has any control over the WorldHeritage.[2][21] The judge temporarily ordered the administrator to remove the information from WorldHeritage.[22] The administrator complied, but the information was soon replaced by another editor. The temporary court order was reversed on 1 September 2014,[23] while the main trial is still pending. The administrator noted that the lawsuit and publicity had produced a Streisand effect and that the original Greek article was now hosted in translation on multiple WorldHeritages in English, Catalan, Polish, Yakut, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.[22]


Some selected publications:


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  10. ^ Reactions to Papandreou's will, Athens News Agency, 13 September 1996
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  15. ^ (disgrace means disgrazia).
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  17. ^ Andreas Papandreou's wills opened Dimitra Liani receives archives, Athens News Agency, 13 September 1996
  18. ^ a b Reactions to Papandreou's will, Athens News Agency, 13 September 1996
  19. ^ Two wills of the late Andreas Papandreou submitted to the Court, Antenna News in English, 13 September 1996
  20. ^ a b
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  22. ^ a b
  23. ^ Decision of Athens First Degree Court #9118/2014

External links

  • Website (pages in English)
  • Blog
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