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Nikos G. Xydakis
Born in Piraeus, 1958. Graduated from School of Dentistry (DDS), University of Athens, 1984. Post-graduate studies in History of Art, School of Philosophy, University of Athens, 1999-2004. Worked as a journalist and art critic. Head of the culture section and editor in chief in "Kathimerini" daily newspaper (1992-2014).MP candidate for the Coalition of the Left ticket (2000) and MEP candidate for Syriza Party (2014). On 25 January 2015 he was elected MP in the national elections that took Syriza in office. He served in the first cabinet of Alexis Tsipras as Minister of Culture. On 20 September 2015 he was re-elected MP and served as Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs till November 5th, 2016. During the second period, among other things, he visited most European capitals, negotiating solutions for the refugee crisis, contributing to the dialogue on democratic and progressive Europe.