Early life[ edit ] Karamanlis was born in the village of Proti  Macedonia. His father was Georgios Karamanlis, a teacher who fought during the Greek Struggle for Macedoniain —
He died in 23 April He was a Prime Minister, President of Greece and a towering figure of Greek politics whose political career spanned much of the latter half of the 20th century.
He became a member of parliament in and held various cabinet posts until when he became Greece's youngest prime minister, perhaps because he was so acceptable to the United States who saw in Karamanlis a conservative without the baggage of the older members of the right.
His National Radical Union gained popularity through the fifties. Though he did rebuild Greece's economy following the occupation and the civil war, he was criticized for a reckless industrialization that left the villages empty and increased the migration of Greeks to the United States, Canada and Australia in search of a better life.
Following charges of government intimidation that enabled his party to win the elections, the murder of peace candidate Grigoris Lambrakis in which the government was implicated, and an argument with Queen Frederika over a planned visit to the UK, his cabinet fell inand Karamanlis went into exile abroad.
His government was succeeded by George Papandreou's Center Union. Karamanlis returned to run in the elections. But these never took place. A military dictatorship overthrew the government one month before they were scheduled to take place.
Karamanlis returned to Paris where he was a vocal opponent of the military junta. In July,the junta fell, following a disastrous attempted coup in Cyprus and the Turkish invasion of the island.
Karamanlis returned as savior of Greece, and took the oath of prime minister at 4: The elections of November were the first free elections in 10 years. He began the restoration of democracy immediately. He legalized the communist party and put the leaders of the junta on trial, which was televised.
In December Greece abolished monarchy. Karamanlis served as prime minister until and as president from to He held the presidency again in A political opponent of Andreas Papandreou, the two worked well together during the period when Papandreou was Premier and Karamanlis was president.In his book, "The Greece of Karamanlis", Maurice Genevoix describes in great detail Greece's most beloved and respected political figure, Constantine Karamanlis.
It is an account of a man's life, who was on a mission to restore the democracy in the Greek world. Caramanlis, Constantine (Konstantinos Karaman-lis). Born Feb. 23, , in the city of Proti.
The Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies has the aim of promoting the study and research of – and, more generally, awareness and familiarity with – Greece in its political, economic and cultural relationship to its European and Mediterranean context. Constantine Karamanlis (born ) sustained an active career in Greek politics for 48 years. He was elected member of Parliament 12 times, governed the country as prime minister for 14 years (; ), and later was twice elected president, leaving office for the last time in at age Constantine Karamanlis ranks among the most prominent political figures of 20th-century Greece. He was born on March 8, , in the small town of Proti, near Serres, in Eastern Macedonia. His father, a teacher and later a tobacco grower, was known for his patriotic feelings and involvement in the struggle over Macedonia, at that time under.
Greek statesman and politician. By training, Caramanlis is a lawyer. In –36 and again in , he was elected to parliament from the Populist (monarchist) Party. Between and he occupied a number of ministerial posts. In August he joined the. Konstantinos Karamanlis Union, under his leadership, was defeated by the Centre Union under George Papandreou.
Disappointed with the result, Karamanlis fled Greece under the name Triantafyllides. He spent the next 11 Preceded by: Christos Sartzetakis.
Constantine Karamanlis (born ) sustained an active career in Greek politics for 48 years. He was elected member of Parliament 12 times, governed the country as prime minister for 14 years (; ), and later was twice elected president, leaving office for the last time in at age Kostas Karamanlis, byname of Konstantinos Karamanlis, (born September 14, , Athens, Greece), Greek politician who served as prime minister of Greece (–09).
Karamanlis was the nephew of Konstantinos Karamanlis, who, as government minister, prime minister, and president, had shaped Greek politics for nearly half a century.
Constantine Karamanlis () sustained an active career in Greek politics for 48 years. He was elected member of Parliament 12 times, governed the country as prime minister for 14 years (; ), and later was twice elected president, leaving office for the last time in at age