Helena Paparizou: I was born in Europe I want to remain in Europe
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – The 2005 Eurovision Song Contest winner for Greece, Helena Paparizou was guest on the TV4 show Nyhetsmorgon on July 14th. She was also asked about the crisis in Greece.
The question was: Your second home, Greece, is topping the news with all of this. How do you feel about it? You have friends and family there, how do they handle it?
Helena answered: “When the banks closed, I was in Greece for 4-5 days. What I saw and felt was a big division. People were talking loud on the street for the new government and said “you also voted for them”. It was a bad feeling, we need to be united this moment. I don’t like this division, I am very sad. I was sceptical of what “yes” or “no” meant (regarding the referendum). I tried to picture myself after voting yes or no, it was vague for the people. “No” won by 61.3% but the outcome wasn’t what had of them expected because they thought we are going out of the Euro zone. I feel a little bit “spoiled” because I was born in Europe and I want to remain in Europe. All my life I was saying that Europe is my home and if you see any of my interviews I always say “Europe is my home”.
Later on she stated on Facebook: I want us to remain European and support each other in this difficult time we go through as Greeks and in the end all those treated unfairly will be justified. All my love from Sweden and I want you to ono that Swedish people love us Greeks!
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Helena continues her succesful appearances at the Diggiloo tour while at the end of summer returns to Greece to prepare for her new album and her participation in the musical “Nine”.