one of the most popular Greek composers. He is particularly well known for lots of his songs and his scores in the films, Zorba the Greek (1964), Z (1969), and Serpico (1973).
Politically, until the late 1980s he identified with the left; in 1989, he ran as an independent candidate within the centre-right New Democracy party in order for the country to come out of the political crisis that had been created due to the numerous scandals of the government of Andreas Papandreou and helped to establish a large coalition between conservatives, socialists and leftists. In 1990 he was elected to the parliament - as in 1964 and 1981 -, became a government minister under Constantine Mitsotakis and fought against drugs and terrorism and for culture and better relations between Greece and Turkey. He continues to make often very harsh statements, especially when peace is in danger:
He has consistently opposed oppressive regimes and was the key voice against the Greek Junta 1967-1974. He has been mentioned as a candidate for the election as President of Greece, but he has refused to be considered.
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