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Alekos Alavanos

Alexandros Alavanos
Αλέκος Αλαβάνος
Member of the European Parliament
for Greece
In office
15 June 1989 – 13 June 2004
In office
18 October 1981 – 17 June 1984
Personal details
Born (1950-05-22) May 22, 1950
Athens, Greece
Political party Plan B,
formerly: KKE; SYRIZA

Alexandros 'Alekos' Alavanos (Greek: Αλέκος Αλαβάνος; born 22 May 1950 in Athens) is a Greek politician, former member of the Hellenic Parliament and the European Parliament. From 2004 until 2008 he was president of the Coalition of the Left of Movements and Ecology, commonly known as Synaspismos. He was parliamentary leader of the wider Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Political career 1.2
    • Personal life 1.3
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4


Early life

Born on 22 May 1950 in Athens, Alavanos has been politically active since his youth. During the military dictatorship of 1967-1974, Alavanos participated in the student movement against the regime; as a result his military service deferment was revoked and he was briefly incarcerated in the EAT/ESA military prison.

Political career

He was elected to the European Parliament in 1981 with the Communist Party of Greece and again in 1989, 1994 and 1999 with Synaspismos.

In the 2004 Greek legislative election, Alavanos was elected MP in Athens. Since Nikos Konstantopoulos, his predecessor in Synaspismos' leadership, announced his intention not to be a candidate for another term, Alavanos announced his own candidacy for the office. The party congress elected him president on 12 December 2004.

In the 2007 Greek legislative election, running as leader of SYRIZA, which more than doubled its parliamentary seats, he was narrowly elected an MP in Heraklion, Crete.

In 27 November 2007, Alavanos announced that he would not apply for a renewal of his presidency of Synaspismos at its 5th party congress in February 2008, due to private reasons.[1] He was replaced by Alexis Tsipras.

"In Europe all the big powers, the parties, the banks, the big corporations have a plan B to deal with the prospect of Greece's exit from the eurozone. Only Greece has not in hand a plan B. Both the government and the parties in opposition have neglected the necessity to work on a plan B. If however, Greece is taken by surprise when forced to exit the eurozone, with people panicking, this is going to be a disaster."

—Alavanos, as quoted in Workers' Liberty[2]

In February 2011 he left Internationalist Workers' Left, Movement for the United in Action Left and Anticapitalist Political Group joined the front, but they left it in 2012 due to political disputes.

He again founded a new political party in 2013, founding Plan B specifically to contest the 2014 European Parliament election in Greece.[3] The party's platform is centered on exiting Greece from the eurozone.[3]

Personal life

Alekos Alavanos is an economist. He is married to Aikaterini Haralambaki and is the father of two daughters. The scion of a wealthy, landed family of Venetian descent, he owns considerable real estate on the island of Tenos.

See also


  1. ^ Synaspismos press release
  2. ^ "The Greek left and Plan B".  
  3. ^ a b "Ex-SYRIZA leader Alavanos to launch 'Plan B' movement favoring Greek euro exit".  

External links

  • Short biography in Greek
  • Alekos AlavanosPersonal profile of in the European Parliament's database of members
  • Alekos AlavanosTerms of office of at the Hellenic Parliament (English)
  • Alekos AlavanosPersonal page of at the Wayback Machine (archived 4 May 2006) (Greek)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nikos Konstantopoulos
Chairman of Synaspismos
2004 – 2008
Succeeded by
Alexis Tsipras
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