Saturday, February 4, 2012

Karolos Papoulias

Dr. Karolos Papoulias (Greek: Κάρολος Παπούλιας; born June 4, 1929) is a Greek politician who has been the President of Greece since 2005. He was previously Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1996.

Private life and Family
Papoulias was born in Ioannina and is the son of Major General Gregorios Papoulias. He studied law at the University of Athens and the University of Milan, has a doctorate in private international law from the University of Cologne, and is an associate of the Munich Institute for Southeast Europe. Apart from his native Greek, he also speaks French, German and Italian. A former pole-vault and volley ball champion, Papoulias has been chairman of the National Sports Association since 1985. He is also a founding member and until recently president of the Association for the Greek Linguistic Heritage.

Karolos Papoulias is married to Maria Panou and has three daughters.

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