The year 2018 will find Greeks determined and united in their endeavours and carving out “the future that we deserve and befits us,” Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos underlined in his message to Greeks abroad, ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The president stressed that Greeks abroad have made an invaluable and long-lasting contribution to Greece’s progress; especially during the long period of the financial crisis that still affects the country and Greek society, with immense repercussions for social cohesion, and above all, for young people. 

“It is with great joy and deep emotion that I address you once again; the Greeks of the diaspora, on the occasion of the Christmas celebrations and the New Year. These feelings are inspired by your indelible ties to your homeland. We saw this in Greece during the current year, when your contribution to our struggle to overcome this crisis once and for all and as quickly as possible, was not diminished at all, but actually intensified,” Pavlopoulos said.

“In light of the above, I have one more reason to express Greece’s gratitude, now that all the omens allow us to legitimately hope that, determined and united – as we are for all great national issues – we will carve out the future that we deserve and befits us, starting in 2018,” the President underlined.

Despite the severe social and economic crisis, Greece has been a real pillar of democratic stability and security in the troubled and war-torn region. A pillar, that manages and resolutely addresses the deadly risk of terrorist barbarity, while also defending humanity, as in the critical issue of the refugee crisis, he added.