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Two new Foreign and Defense Ministers in Greece

(BRUSSELS2) Due to budgetary and political crises, the Greek government has been reshuffled. The Minister of Defense, Evangelos Venizelos, was, in fact, called upon to replace the Minister of Finance who urgently needed to be exfiltrated in the face of tension in the street. At Defense and Foreign Affairs, two close friends of Prime Minister Papandreou arrive.

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Panos Beglitis, takes the permanent position at the Ministry of Defense. Beglitis is doubly familiar with the position because he has been deputy minister since the arrival of PASOK (the Greek socialist party) in power and has handled numerous issues, notably industrial or linked to relations with the United States. For years he was also PASOK's rapporteur on defense and foreign policy issues. A graduate of the Athens University of Law (in 1980), he is a French speaker and Francophile since he holds a DEA in international law from Paris XI (Villetaneuse) and in international relations and defense from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1982-1985) then did the ENA (1982-1985). He became a member of PASOK in 1985 and embarked on a career as a diplomat in 1987, serving as advisor to the permanent representation to the European Union in Brussels, from 1992 to 1996, serving as director of the press service of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (1999-2004).

At Foreign Affairs arrives a MEP, Stravros Lambrinidis. Also close to the Prime Minister. Born in 1962, graduated in law from Yale University in the United States, then lawyer at the Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering firm in Washington (1988-1993), he was in fact special advisor to Giorgos Papandreou when he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, then Minister of Education (1994-1996) then Director of the team of Minister of Foreign Affairs Theodoros Pangalos (1996). In the European Parliament, he was a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, as well as the Constitutional Committee. He was also a member of two parliamentary delegations with the United States on the one hand, and with Iran on the other. He is the author of a report on the protection of vital infrastructure (against terrorism) as well as on security and fundamental freedoms on the Internet (the European Hadopi law

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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