Greek-Americans aren’t the biggest ethnic group in the United States but could still influence the upcoming U.S. Presidential election between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. According to the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there were 1,380,088 people of Greek ancestry in the U.S. while the State Department reports that around 3,000,000 Americans claim to be of Greek descent. The 2000 census revealed that Greek was spoken at home by 365,436 people older than five.
With Greece at an economic dead-end and needing $325 billion in two bailouts from the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB), Greece needs help in other ways too. The U.S. is in a position to help Greece, although it has often been overlooked by Presidents as soon as they assume office.
Still, the U.S can affect decisions in the international political arena and on other issues such as the long-running negotiations over the FYROM name question, the Ecumenical Patriarchate and religious freedom in Turkey, the reunification of Cyprus, and many more.
Obama and Romney have referred to Greece during their campaign speeches, although we would like both campaign trails to take some more clear positions on what the Greek-American community calls “Hellenic Issues.”
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