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!

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OH Great :-)!
OH Great :-)!
5 years ago

@George: What overactive Thyroid? She started gaining weight back in 07 so as to go against media norms and be an inspiration to her fans.

She gained a bit too much in my opinion. Her body back in 05-06 was perfect not to mention she already had gained weight from her Antique days. Not to mention the fact that the extra weight didn’t help her facial beauty.

George
5 years ago

@ OH Great :-)! I’m sure she’s gaining and losing waight all the time just to be in the spotlight !!! She suffers from overactive thyroid you fool. For the record, there are much better foods in Greece ,someone deserves to be fat for, instead of Greek yogurt. And please stop destroying your yogurt topping it with full fat cream and try honey and nuts. @ MirkoJoshua ”Serious economical poverty” you mean the African way ? Cause there’s some serious economical poverty in Grrece for six years now and who knows how many more if those austerity measures keep coming.… Read more »

OH Great :-)!
OH Great :-)!
5 years ago

@to OH Great: I’m also really sorry that Helena’s life is so boring that her weight it the only relevant thing she has left.

to OH Great
to OH Great
5 years ago

I’m really sorry that your life is so boring, that you only care about Helena’s weight.

OH Great :-)!
OH Great :-)!
5 years ago

@Anna: Could care less about what she said in this article just like 99.9% of the world. The only thing that’s relevant about her now is how much weight she’s put on since winning Eurovision and nothing else.

She probably has been eating too much Greek youghurt ( Topped with full fat cream ofc. )

Anna
Anna
5 years ago

to the person who commented about helena’s weight……seriously?? was that the whole point you got from her words?? you’re so immature.

OH Great :-)!
OH Great :-)!
5 years ago

She’s too busy eating, too care. Getting fat aren’t we Helena.

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
5 years ago

Greece has to stay in Europe, this is the best choice, otherwise it will live serious economical poverty.