|Minister for Health|
25 June 2013
|Prime Minister||Antonis Samaras|
|Preceded by||Andreas Lykourentzos|
|Deputy Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping|
|Member of the Hellenic Parliament|
|Deputy Parliamentary Spokesman of Popular Orthodox Rally|
|Spokesman of Popular Orthodox Rally|
|Succeeded by||Konstantinos Aivaliotis|
6 November 1972 |
|Political party||New Democracy|
|Alma mater||University of Athens|
|Website||Official Website (in Greek)|
Adonis Georgiadis (also spelled as Georgiades or Spyridon (Spyros)-Adonis Georgiadis, Greek: Σπυρίδων-Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης), is a Greek politician, historian, publisher, and author. He has been Minister for Health since June 2013.
He served as the spokesman for the nationalist Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) political party until August 2007. Georgiades ran for the office of the Prefect of Athens in the 2006 elections, and on September 16, 2007 was elected into the Greek parliament, He was overwhelmingly re-elected on October 4, 2009 for the 2nd district of Athens.
During November 2010 he was LAOS' candidate peripheral governor for Attica periphery in the periphery election. He received his university degree in 1992 from the Department of History and Archaeology of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Athens. Georgiades' ancestry is from Lefkada, Macedonia (Amyntaio), Pontus, and Smyrna. He is married to classical composer and reality TV celebrity Eugenia Manolides raising a son and a daughter from her previous marriage, as well as a young son named Athanassios-Perseas.
Georgiadis often appears on TeleAsty news programmes, a TV channel founded and run by LAOS' leader Georgios Karatzaferis, expressing the opinions of his party. On his daily programme Ellinon Egersis (Greek Uprising; Greek: Ελλήνων Έγερσις) on TeleAsty, along with his brother Leonidas he comments on current affairs, and presents books of mainly historical and philological interest, both from his family publishing house Ekdoseis Georgiadi and other Greek publishers. He also publishes the magazine Elliniki Agogi (Greek Upbringing; Greek: Ελληνική Αγωγή), which covers issues of national and historical interest. An organization under the same name of Elliniki Agogi runs lessons of the Ancient Greek language.
Georgiades' speaking style might have a nuance of the more formal katharevousa. He also advocates the use of the traditional polytonic system for writing the Greek language; Elliniki Agogi is written in this system, which is not the prevailing practice in Greek publishing from the 1980s. Georgiadis has called for more research to investigate whether the introduction of the monotonic system was beneficial or not to the Greek culture and education.
As an author, Georgiades has written a historical book titled Homosexuality in Ancient Greece: the Myth Collapses in which he argues that whereas homosexuality was present in Ancient Greece as in other countries, its extent and social acceptance have been inflated. He had also previously written a Guide to Ancient Greek Coins.
Georgiadis has frequently been condemned by left-wing politicians and the media as being sympathetic to far-right views, although he denies such characterizations as mud-slinging, and has stated that he believes in popular sovereignty and referenda.
Georgiadis has been accused by certain columnists of advocacy journalism of promoting through Ellinon Egersis books by far-right author Konstantinos Plevris; Georgiades has countered that he sells these books like other Greek bookstores, saying that he disagrees with their content.
Georgiadis has also defended the pro-fascist dictator Ioannis Metaxas, who ruled Greece from 1936 to 1941. He has praised Metaxas for resisting the Italian invasion of Greece. Georgiadis accused left-wingers of "spoiling the legacy of a man, who should be remembered as a national hero for generations to come".
Georgiadis has also disputed as a myth the mainstream version of the events of the 1973 Greek National Technical University uprising ("Polytechneio") against the military dictatorship. He has claimed in particular that what was originally a spontaneous student youth uprising was manipulated by foreign secret agents, and that in reality "there was no popular opposition to the military regime".
Georgiadis has also criticised the Jewish people and the Jewish community in a number of areas. He is on record as claiming "the Jewish people by controlling the global banking system can use it as a weapon to blackmail and control foreign countries, including Greece". Regarding Israel, following strained Israel–Turkey relations, he said he supported the cooperation and the improvement in the relations between Greece and Israel.
Georgiadis has also accused Greek Helsinki Watch of targeting him personally and misrepresenting his views as part of their attempt to compromise Greece's good name. In addition, he has been accused by his opponents of spreading hatred against Albanian guest workers in Greece. In a his TV talk show, he warned that Albanian immigration to Greece would go as far as electing an Albanian prime minister within a couple of years. Georgiadis has frequently appeared and clashed on TV news programmes with representatives of Albanian immigrant workers; in response he has been accused of "racism".
In the same vein, Georgiadis has also been accused of fomenting anti-Islamic hatred in Greece. In his TV show he has suggested "left-wing ideology has surrendered Greece to the hands of Muslims, and other garbage like that". In the same episode, Georgiadis claimed that Athens has been transformed into a "Bangladesh" or "Taliban-land".
Georgiades has publicly condemned the popular political satirist Lakis Lazopoulos, who regularly targets Georgiades, his wife and the LAOS party on his weekly satirical television show. Georgiades' extension of an offer for a televised debate between the two men was emphatically turned down by Lazopoulos, as well as a subsequent invitation to attend Georgiades' marriage ceremony.
Criticism of opponents
Georgiades often condemns the opinions expressed in left-wing publications such as Eleftherotypia or by left-wing politicians such as those of Synaspismos, with both parties having exchanged sharp-tongued criticism. He also routinely condemns the policies of the two leading Greek parties, New Democracy and the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, which he views as two sides of the same coin. He has often used the term tholokoultoura (Greek: θολοκουλτούρα; hazy-culture) to group his left-wing ideological opponents:
The hazy-culture is a very specific thing: it is a group of people who believe that to remember our national ancestry is a factor of conservatism. They are today the best allies of globalization. What is the goal of globalization? It wants to destroy every notion of a national tradition and a national memory so as to transform the totality of the population of our planet into simple customers of multi-national corporations and into complacent subjects of the world-ruling Superpower.—Adonis Georgiades in Greek TV show Erevna hosted by Pavlos Tsimas, March 13, 2007
Attacks against Georgiades' bookstore
One of the bookstores of Georgiadis publishers (Ekdoseis Georgiadi), in the Exarcheia district of Athens, has been targeted and burnt 17 times by unidentified far-leftist opponents. Georgiades has since moved this bookstore, stating that he did so to protect the anti-riot police that was tasked to protect his business. Nonetheless, a different bookstore of the same publisher was targeted on 15 February 2007, the eighth attack against bookstores of Ekdoseis Georgiadi.
- To Vima newspaper, 26 August, 2007. Tovima.gr. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- LAOS Candidates for the Prefecture of Athens. Doumas.gr (2006-09-29). Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Alpha TV website (17/9/2007)[dead link]
- Candidate page for 2006 elections[dead link]
- Ellinon Egersis TV show (23 February 2006)
- OLA 8 TV show (5 October 2007)
- Official brief bio of Adonis Georgiadis. Adonisgeorgiadis.gr. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Letter to NEA newspaper, 13 July, 2006
- Debunking the Myth of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece A review of Adonis Georgiades' book
- Adonis Georgiades and Plevris' book (IOS of Eleftherotypia, in Greek)
- LAOS and the Nazism of Mr. Plevris (IOS of Eleftherotypia, in Greek)
- Άδωνις περι Β΄ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου.... YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Άδωνις(1/2)'Μύθος' Πολυτεχνείου&Θολό 17Nov'09. YouTube (2009-11-17). Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Άδωνις: Όλες οι Τράπεζες ανήκουν στους Εβραίους!... YouTube (2009-11-23). Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Άδωνις: Ο Δημητράς είναι ρουφιάνος των Εβραίων!. YouTube (2009-11-30). Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Lakis Lazopoulos – adonis georgiadis Vs albanoi ... LAOS. YouTube (2007-06-12). Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Αλβανός vs Ψωμιάδης vs Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης vs Στρατούλης. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Φασιστική προπαγάνδα Αδωνη – Απάντηση Λαζόπουλου. YouTube (2009-07-23). Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Ellinon Egersis TV show (16 February 2006)
- Νew arson against the bookstore of Ekdoseis Georgiadi. E-grammes.gr. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Biographical note (in Greek)
- Elliniki Agogi – official site
- "ΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΕΤΥΜΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΟΡΘΟΓΡΑΦΙΑΣ – ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΕΙΣ ΣΕ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΑΤΡΕΣ [Topics of Etymology and Orthography – Replies to Archaeolaters]". Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. (includes criticism of Georgiades)