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Συνέντευξη Ελένης Θεοχάρους στην εφημερίδα Cyprus Mail
Ημερομηνία: 20-03-2013

Συνέντευξη στην εφημερίδα Cyprus Mail

MEP Eleni Theocharous has led life as if it was a series of battles, although THEO PANAYIDES finds she has now mellowed a bit

 

Eleni Theocharous sits on the edge of her living-room couch, focused, unsmiling. She has an appointment in half an hour, wall-to-wall engagements this weekend, and flies back to Brussels on Monday. “I was always a gifted child,” she says, speaking of her early years in the mining village of Amiantos.

This is said without vanity – in the same way she might tell me, for instance, that she’s run field hospitals in heavily-bombarded war zones from Iraq to Gaza to Nagorno-Karabakh, or planted trees in deforested areas all over the world, or published three award-winning volumes of poetry, or saved the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people as a paediatric surgeon. In middle age (she’ll be 60 in June), a respected politician and one of six Cypriot MEPs, this is a woman who’s long since learned to list her accomplishments without self-consciousness. As for modesty, she makes a pun in Greek: “modesty (metriofrosyni) is for the mediocre (metrious)”.

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