Greece has faced some of the hardest moments in its history in recent years, and it’s all come to a head in recent weeks. People have taken to the streets and voted against more austerity, while the government has looked passed that and agreed to a bailout package with the EU amid ongoing clashes. Many Greek Eurovision artists have expressed their humble opinions, including Helena Paparizou, who is currently touring Sweden as part of the “Diggiloo” tour.
Appearing on TV4’s Nyhetsmorgon, the winner of Eurovision 2005 was asked about the Greece crisis. Here is her response.
I was in Greece when the banks ceased operations. I saw and felt a huge division. People were shouting about the new government, telling themselves “you voted for the freshmen too”. It was a bad feeling, we must be together as one now. I’m really sad. I was skeptical about what “yes” and “no” mean. I tried to imagine the ballot and thought: “Yes, but what does ‘yes’ and ‘no’ mean?”. It was unclear. The result was “no” with 61% but what followed was unexpected for half of the voters. Because the majority believed in a #Grexit. Something I reject. I feel “spoiled”, as I grew up in Europe and I want to stay in Europe. For my whole life I kept saying “Europe is my home”.
Later, she shared the video from her interview on Facebook, commenting:
I would like us to stay in Europe forever and help each other during this crisis. In the end, I hope there is justice for those who are treated unfairly in Greece.
The vantage point of a pop star living in Sweden is perhaps different from that of the masses feeling the pinch in Greece. But do you think Helena’s words will comfort her countrymen anyway? Sound off below!