George Papandreou: The Greek Thinker

Photograph for TIME by Nikos Pilos

George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece

It's impossible to understand modern Greece without understanding the Papandreous. Three men of that name have led the country since the end of World War II. First there was George, a pragmatic centrist who helped lead Greece out of the Nazi occupation. Then came his son, the fiery Andreas, a flawed but charismatic modernizer who helped democratize corruption and nepotism.

Now it's the turn of George, Andreas' eldest son. Papandreou, 57, who was elected Prime Minister last October, has spent most of his first six months in office keeping Greece from bankruptcy and forcing through reforms. In the...