Kyriakos Velopoulos

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Kyriakos Velopoulos

Member of the European Parliament
for Greece
In office
2 July 2019[1][2] – 8 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1965-10-24) 24 October 1965 (age 53)
Essen, Ruhr, West Germany
NationalityGreek
Political partyGreek Solution

Kyriakos Velopoulos (Greek: Κυριάκος Βελόπουλος; born 24 October 1965) is a Greek politician and Hellenic Parliament member and Greek Solution party leader, as well as television personality and author.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in West Germany and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. After his graduation from Dendropotamos high school, he studied journalism and was awarded a scholarship.

During his compulsory military service in the Hellenic Army, he served as an officer on the islands of North-Eastern Aegean Sea, and the Greek mainland. He is a member of the Academy of the Greek language in Germany and a member of the Union of Writers of Northern Greece. He was a member of ONNED, the youth organisation of New Democracy (ND) until 1988 and ideologically defines himself as belonging to the "patriotic ND".[3]

Professional career[edit]

He was a member of the Popular Orthodox Rally, the right nationalist populist party of Georgios Karatzaferis where he was a candidate in the 2004 Greek parliamentary elections, taking 5,700 votes. But he failed to be elected, because LAOS received only 2.90% of votes. In the regional elections of 2006, he was a candidate as Governor of Pella Prefecture where he came third with 7.11% and 2 seats. In the parliamentary elections of 2007 and 2009, he was elected in the B prefecture of Thessaloniki.

From 2016 onwards he is president of the political party Greek Solution "Greek: Ελληνική Λύση", which won 10 national parliamentary seats in the general elections of July 2019.[4] In the 2019 Εuropean elections, his party gained one seat for the Εuropean parliament.

Journalism[edit]

As a journalist he has worked in a number of radio and television stations, such as "TV Thessaloniki", "ΕΡΜΗΣ", "BEST", "TOP", "OPION", "TeleAsty", where he presented his two major shows "Η ΒΟΥΛΗ" and "ΕΛΛΗΝΟΡΑΜΑ", in which he promotes his books. Today he is presenter and owner of "Alert TV" channel.

Work as an author[edit]

He is the author of Greece Bleeds, which he claims deals with the corruption of Greek society, army, legal system and politics, and Alexander, the Greatest of the Greeks, a detailed biography of Alexander the Great which includes arguments on the subject's Greek origins.

Controversy[edit]

In 2012 it was revealed that he had sent the amount of €400,000 abroad.[5]

In 2014, Velopoulos began selling what he described as "authentic letters from Jesus Christ" through his telemarketing show. This elicited widespread criticism from the Greek academic community and mainstream media, which disputed the historicity of said artifacts and accused Velopoulos of misleading consumers. Velopoulos initially denied having engaged in the sale of the letters, later acknowledging the fact and stating that he would continue to sell them, claiming that his critics lacked the knowledge necessary to dispute the letter's authenticity.[6] [7][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ Kyriakos Velopoulos: 1,800,000 Are the Immigrants, 14 October 2007
  4. ^ "Την "Ελληνική Λύση" θα παρουσιάσει ο Βελόπουλος στο ΣΕΦ". Newpost.gr. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  5. ^ Ο Κυριάκος Βελόπουλος «φυγάδευσε» στο εξωτερικό 400.000 ευρώ
  6. ^ in.gr (2019-05-28). "Κυριάκος Βελόπουλος: Από τις επιστολές του Ιησού στην Ευρωβουλή". in.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  7. ^ "Βελόπουλος: Θα συνεχίσω να πουλάω αλοιφές – Αυθεντικά τα χειρόγραφα του Ιησού (vid)". www.reader.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  8. ^ "Βελόπουλος: Θα μας πολεμήσουν με λύσσα". Athens Voice (in Greek). Retrieved 2019-05-28.