Dimitrios Droutsas

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Dimitrios Droutsas
Δημήτριος Δρούτσας
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 September 2010 – 17 June 2011
Prime MinisterGeorge Papandreou
Preceded byGeorge Papandreou
Succeeded byStavros Lambrinidis
Personal details
Born (1968-08-05) 5 August 1968 (age 53)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Political partyPanhellenic Socialist Movement
Spouse(s)Faye Karaviti
Alma materUniversity of Vienna

Dimitrios P. Droutsas (Greek: Δημήτριος Π. Δρούτσας; born August 5, 1968) is a Greek lawyer and politician, who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece in 2010–11. He became MP of the European Parliament by replacing Stavros Lambrinidis, who went on to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Early life[edit]

Droutsas was born on August 5, 1968 in Nicosia, Cyprus, the son of a Greek father and a German mother from Frankfurt am Main. After primary school the family moved to Vienna, where his father worked at the Greek embassy. In Vienna he was educated at the Theresianum and later studied at University of Vienna School of Law, graduating in 1994 with a paper on the accession of Cyprus to the European Union.[1]

Political career[edit]

Dimitrios Droutsas as Greek Foreign Minister meeting with Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar in October 2010
Droutsas with Gombojavyn Zandanshatar in June 2011.

In 1999, Droutsas went back to Greece to serve as the Special Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, George Papandreou. Among the important issues, he advised on were political rapprochement with Turkey, Cyprus’s accession to the EU and the Cyprus problem. In March 2004, he was appointed the Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the President of Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) George A. Papandreou. From March 2008, he served as the spokesperson of Pasok and in May 2008, he was appointed its Secretary for Foreign Policy and International Relations. On September 7, 2010, Droutsas was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece in a cabinet reshuffle.[2] His first tour as a foreign minister was to the Middle East from October 17 to October 20 with stops in Jordan, Israel and Palestinian territories, Egypt and Lebanon.[3][4]

In the 17 June 2011 cabinet reshuffle, Droutsas was removed as Minister of Foreign Affairs to take over as Member of the European Parliament from Stavros Lambrinidis for the remaining period of the 7th Parliamentary Term (June 22, 2011 – June 30, 2014).[5] In turn, Stavros Lambrinidis became the new Minister of Foreign Affairs. The demotion of Droutsas came after revelations that he had misrepresented his background, both formal qualification and experience, with claims that he had completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Vienna and that he had worked as a professor or assistant professor, claims that were proved to be untrue.[6][7]

Droutsas' works on European Law, International and European Commercial Law, and Foreign and Defense Policy have been published extensively in Greece and abroad.

He speaks German, English, French and Russian. He is married to Faye Karaviti, who is a journalist.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dimitris Droutsas" (in German). Munzinger. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Rulers. September 2010". Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  3. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece. Foreign Minister Droutsas to tour Middle East (17–20 October 2010)". Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  4. ^ "Droutsas visits Ramala". 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  5. ^ "European Parliament MEPs - Dimitrios DROUTSAS". European Parliament MEPs -. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Δημήτρης Δρούτσας Υποψήφιος Ευρωβουλευτής". Enet Eleftherotypia. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Dimitrios Droutsas OF COUNSEL AT LANSKY, GANZGER". LANSKY, GANZGER + Partner (LGP). Retrieved 3 October 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by