Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Statement at the Global Hope Coalition Annual Dinner on 27 September 2018 in New York, where he was awarded for Greece’s stance on the refugee crisis


“The Greek people have demonstrated that they can show solidarity to those in need at very difficult times […]”

  • “I accept this award on behalf of the Greek people, because the people of Greece are those who deserve credit and praise. [I accept this award] primarily on behalf of the Greek islanders, who have borne the heavy burden for all of Europe in the difficult times of the refugee crisis. “
  • “If it were not for my fellow countrymen, this huge refugee crisis could not have been effectively dealt with by European and international institutions. The people of Greece have demonstrated in very difficult times that they can show solidarity to people who needed it. “
  • “We are proud because while other countries in Central Europe built walls and fen, the Greeks opened their hearts. We are very proud of our history and the ideals it represents. But we are also proud of our present and future. “
  • “We have succeeded in showing that solidarity and respect for human rights are always the right answer, even in the most difficult and demanding moments. And if we choose to move towards the other end, to choose fear, hatred and xenophobia, then we are doomed, because history must not be annulled, it should not be treated with disrespect and we should not discount it. “
  • “We should not make the same mistakes that led humanity to an impasse; instead, we should act in accordance with the values ​​that fuelled the collective progress of each nation separately and of humanity as a whole. We owe it to our citizens, but especially to the next generations. “