Liana Kanelli

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Liana Kanelli
Λιάνα Κανέλλη
Liana Kanelli.jpg
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
for Athens A
Assumed office
9 April 2000
Personal details
Born (1954-03-20) 20 March 1954 (age 62)
Athens, Greece
Political party Communist Party of Greece
Religion Greek Orthodox

Garyfallia (Liana) Kanelli (Greek: Γαρυφαλλιά (Λιάνα) Κανέλλη; born 20 March 1954), is a Greek journalist and Member of the Greek Parliament for the Communist Party of Greece since 2000.

She studied law at the University of Athens. In 1973, starting her career in journalism, she was acclaimed by Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis as the "kid of New Democracy",[1] a designation she herself denied a while later.

In the next decades Kanelli worked as daily columnist, reporter at home and on missions abroad, news anchor, broadcaster, television presenter and interviewer to evolve by time into a kind of a Greek "Barbara Walters". Often playing the role of media polemicist, she is noted for her forthright, irreverent, incisive and arrogant style of talking criticised or applauded by either party of the viewers.

In 1999, Kanelli announced from the podium of a rally protesting the Kosovo War and the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia that she would run as a candidate for the Communist Party of Greece for the European Parliament. In the 2000 national election she was firstly elected as Member of the Hellenic Parliament for Athens' first electoral district, and has secured a seat in all the next elections of 2004, 2007 and 2009.

In June 2012, during a live talk show, Kanelli was struck three times in the shoulders and the face by Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris. Kanelli pushed him away after Kasidiaris threw water across the news desk at another guest.[2]

Apart from Greek, Kanelli is also fluent in three foreign languages: English, French and Italian.


  1. ^ Raptis, Nikos (1999-05-12). "The Greeks, Kosovo, etc (Part II)". 
  2. ^ "Arrest warrant for Golden Dawn spokesman after attack during TV talk show". 7 June 2012. 

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