Theodore Katsanevas

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Theodoros Katsanevas
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
for Athens B
In office
5 November 1989 – 6 March 2004
Personal details
Born (1947-03-13) 13 March 1947 (age 71)
Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Political party Panhellenic Socialist Movement
  • Sofia Papandreou (−2000)
  • Georgia Tsetsou
Alma mater
Profession Economist

Theodore Katsanevas (Greek: Θεόδωρος Κατσανέβας; born 1947) is a Greek academic and politician. He was a member of the Greek Parliament from 1989 to 2004[1] for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PA.SO.K).[2] In May 2013 he founded the political party Drachmi Greek Democratic Movement Five Stars,[2] which campaigns for Greece to abandon the euro and return to the drachma.[3][4]


Katsanevas received his degree from the University of Piraeus.[5] He obtained an MA from the University of Warwick and a PhD from the London School of Economics.[5] He was Professor of labour economics at the University of Piraeus.[1][5]

In 1981, he was among the authors of the program for the First Cabinet of Andreas Papandreou and he was first appointed to the Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED, Οργανισμός Απασχόλησης Εργατικού Δυναμικού; Ο.Α.Ε.Δ.), then in 1985 to the welfare state agency. He was elected deputy in the second electoral district of Athens with PASOK from 1989 until 2004, when he was officially restricted from standing as a candidate by the party itself.[6]

Economist Stavros Thomadakis called Katsanevas's 1984 book, Trade Unions in Greece "an important contribution to the systematic examination of the Greek labor union movement."[7]

As early as 2011, Katsanevas, as well as some other Greek economists, advocated for Greece abandoning the euro and returning to its former national currency, the drachma, as a response to the Greek government-debt crisis.[8] In 2013 he went on to found Drachmi Greek Democratic Movement Five Stars,[2] a Greek political party advocating such currency change.[4]

Papandreou heritage[edit]

Dimitra Liani (background, right), Andreas Papandreou (left) and United States President William J. Clinton in Washington, USA, in April 1994

Until their divorce in 2000, he was married to Sophia, the daughter of Andreas Papandreou, former Prime Minister of Greece.[2][9] In Papandreou's will, as publicly disclosed on 13 September 1996, he described Katsanevas as a "disgrace to the family" (Greek: όνειδος της οικογένειας)[2][9][10][11][12][13][14][15] and said that "his aim was to politically inherit the history of struggle of Georgios Papandreou and Andreas Papandreou"[16][17][10][18] (Georgios Papandreou was Andreas' father and was also a Greek Prime Minister).

Papandreou's four children objected to their father's will, in which he left his entire estate to his third wife, former airline hostess Dimitra Liani. Papandreou's relationship with Liani had been a source of controversy during his last years in public office, when his health was failing. He had placed Liani in charge of his office, and opponents of Papandreou alleged that she was overstepping the bounds of her authority and seeking to advance a political career of her own.[9] Liani became the subject of unfavourable news media attention,[19] including publication, by the newspaper Avriani (which for many years supported Papandreou) of old photographs that showed her naked with men and other women. These photographs were immediately denounced as "crude photo-montage"[19] and Liani accused Katsanevas of orchestrating the publicity against her; Papandreou supported her, seeking unsuccessfully to convince his three sons to ostracize their brother-in-law.[9]

Theodore Katsanevas disputes the validity of the will[10] and in 2003 won a defamation trial against Spyros Karatzaferis, publisher of a newspaper which for some time in 1998 featured, every day on the front page, a photograph of Katsanevas subtitled "Disgrace". The judgement in the case does not, however, address the authenticity of the will.[2]

As a result of this matter being described in Katsanevas's biography in the Greek Wikipedia, he brought a lawsuit against a Greek Wikipedia user and administrator known by the user name "Diu", and the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society ("GFOSS", aka "EELLAK"), although neither has any control over the Wikipedia.[2][20] The judge temporarily ordered the administrator to remove the information from Wikipedia.[21] The administrator complied, but the information was soon replaced by another editor. The temporary court order was reversed on 1 September 2014,[22] while the main trial was still pending. The administrator noted that the lawsuit and publicity had produced a Streisand effect and that the original Greek article was now hosted in translation on multiple Wikipedias in English, Catalan, Polish, Yakut, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.[21] The Wikimedia Foundation financially supported this Wikipedia user subject to defamation lawsuit in Greece.[23] In 2018 the trial ended with Katsanevas dropping all claims.[24]


Some selected publications:

  • —— (1984). Trade Unions in Greece: An Analysis of Factors Determining Their Growth and Present Structure. University of London. OCLC 12351031. 
  • —— (2000). Demetrius S. Iatridis, ed. The Effects of Privatization on Employment in Bulgaria Romania and Albania. Social Justice and the Welfare State in Central and Eastern Europe: The Impact of Privatization. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-96791-3. 
  • —— (2008). "The Computerized Career Gate Test K.17". Studies in Computational Intelligence: 427–438. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-68127-4_44. 


  1. ^ a b "Theodore Katsanevas, MA (Warwick), PhD (LSE)". University of Piraeus. Archived from the original on 14 December 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Kostas Efimeros (13 February 2014). "How a Greek politician is attempting to rewrite history by suing Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia he doesn't understand". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Γκρίλο α λα ελληνικά (Grillo a la Grec)". I Avgi (in Greek). 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b ""Δραχμή 5 αστέρων": Το νέο κόμμα του Κατσανέβα (Drachma 5 Star, the new party of Katsanevas)". (in Greek). 8 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Βιογραφικό (in Greek). University of Piraeus. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Εκτός ψηφοδελτίων ΠΑΣΟΚ οι "εννέα" που υπέγραψαν την τροπολογία για το Πόρτο Καρράς (in Greek). 23 January 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Thomadakis, Stavros (October 1985). "Reviews" (PDF). Journal of Modern Greek Studies. 3 (2): 207–209. doi:10.1353/mgs.2010.0013. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  8. ^ Landon Thomas Jr. (2 Nov 2011). "Whispers of Return to Drachma Grow Louder in Greek Crisis". CNBC. New York Times. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Disinherited children contest Papandreou's will; Greek premier had left entire estate to widow". Baltimore Sun. 29 September 1996. 
  10. ^ a b c Reactions to Papandreou's will, Athens News Agency, 13 September 1996
  11. ^ Dolinsky, Lewis (20 September 1996). "Papandreous' legacy". SFGate. Retrieved 15 February 2014. His sons, [Papandreou] said [in his will], have an 'ethical debt' to cut off all contact with their sister's husband, Pasok parliamentary candidate Theodoros Katsanevas. His son-in-law, said Papandreou, is a 'disgrace' who stole from him. 
  12. ^ Διαμάντια & σκουπίδια – ολιτισμός (in Greek). Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Διαθήκη εκ του διατίθημι (in Greek). Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Η διαθήκη σε... δίκη (in Greek). Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Atene: il fattore Mimì s'abbatte sul voto" (in Italian). Retrieved 14 February 2014. la disgrazia di famiglia  (disgrazia means disgrace).
  16. ^ Οι διαθήκες του Ανδρέα Παπανδρέου (in Greek). Ριζοσπάστης. 13 September 1996. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  17. ^ Andreas Papandreou's wills opened Dimitra Liani receives archives, Athens News Agency, 13 September 1996
  18. ^ Two wills of the late Andreas Papandreou submitted to the Court, Antenna News in English, 13 September 1996
  19. ^ a b Andrew Gumbel (5 November 1995). "profile; Dimitra Papandreou; Naked lust for power". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  20. ^ "Wikimedia Foundation supports Wikipedia user subject to defamation lawsuit in Greece – Wikimedia blog". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Mullin, Joe (18 February 2014). "Wikipedia mounts courtroom defense for editor sued by politician / Wikimedia lawyer: Greek pol's €200,000 lawsuit is "an assault on our users."". Ars Technica. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Decision of Athens First Degree Court #9118/2014
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Victory in Greece: Legal case ended against Wikipedia editor

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