Constantine Karamanlis tribute at the Delphi Center

The late statesman Constantine Karamanlis, a former prime minister and president of Greece, once said, «The Delphi Center can become an institution dedicated to the ideals, cultural values and concerns of modern Europe.» These are words that politicians and journalists of the time were called upon to interpret, spoken by a leader of the nation who brought Greece into the great European family, looking ahead into the future and making his visions a reality. That statement by Karamanlis is a reminder that another of his visions, the Delphi Center, which he founded in 1977, has for 30 years functioned as an institution dedicated to the cultural values and concerns of modern Europe. The phrase is carved beneath Karamanlis’s bust at the conference center that will from now on bear his name. The bust will be unveiled tomorrow, July 22, in a ceremony at which European Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso will be presented with a medal and the key to the town of Delphi by Mayor Panayiotis Kaltsis. The unveiling will be made by the center’s president Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler. It will be followed by a reception given by Tourism Development Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia and a performance by Stamatis Spanoudakis of his work «In Company with Myths.» On Monday evening, Aliki Kayialoglou will give a concert of songs by Manos Hadjidakis.

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