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PM Tsipras announces bill to limit jurisdiction of Sharia Law in Thrace

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced that a bill will be introduced to limit the jurisdiction of  Sharia Law in Thrace, home of a strong Muslim minority in North-Eastern of the country. Greece is the last European country to recognize the validity of the Islamic Sharia law which settles mostly …

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Greek Orthodox Church calls on Gov’t to withdraw Gender Change bill

The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church urged the coalition government to withdraw a legislation on gender change that is to be voted through the Parliament on upcoming Monday. In a statement the Holy Synod said that the proposed bill challenges the feeling society, it torpedoes the sacred institution …

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Legislation for same-sex couples adopted, while some Bishop had church bells ring in “mourning”

Greece made a huge step towards civil rights, despite the fact that some Greek Bishop had the church bells ring in “mourning” for two days. Greece made a significant step to harmonize the country’s legislation with the legislation of other European countries and officially accept the realities of 21st century: …

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Government passes “red loans” bill with 153 votes

SYRIZA-ANEL government survived also the voting of the multi-bill that opens the way for Distress Funds to buy non-performing loans from the banks. The purchase of “red loans: is expected to lead to closure of thousands of enterprises and the loss of thousands of work places. The bill passed with …

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Locally produced beers maintain reduced tax – Greece’s coalition suffered first crack

Greece’s coalition government suffered its first crack or its first beet bath, if you’d prefer so. The parliamentary group of Independent Greeks (ANEL) rejected the bill aiming to raise taxes for beer produced by small Greek breweries. The bill was under the Parliamentary Committee for Commerce, only SYRIZA lawmakers voted …

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Greek Parliament: 153 YES for lay-offs in public sector

With a thin majority of 153 votes out of 300 lawmakers in total, Nea Dimocratia and PASOK approved the multi-bill that will sack more than 25,000 civil workers until the end of 2014. The bill with 109 articles, in fact a new tsunami of austerity measures, includes also provisions for …

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Greece Will Levy Ship Owners; Golden Dawn Supported Tax Exemption

The additional austerity package adopted by the Greek Parliament on Wednesday includes a provision that will force ship owners, long accused of enjoying lavish fiscal privileges, to pony up at least 140 million euros. The provision initially called for a “voluntary” contribution to the state coffers, but Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras withdrew …

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Austerity Bill Pass with 153 Votes – ND, PASOK Expel 7 MPs

With 153 “Yes” votes the austerity package bill was adopted by the Greek Parliament on Wednesday night. The voting brought some casualties for Samaras coalition government as the bill received even less votes than originally thought. MPs from junior coalition partner Democratic Left voted “present”, following the party line except,  2 MPs who …

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Athens: Parliament Debate on Loan Agreement & Austerity

The debate on the crucial voting of the new loan agreement and the new austerity package is to start soon in the Greek Parliament. The voting will start at 12 midnight, the results are expected at 1 a.m. Most probably the MPs will vote by name.  Greek Communist Party will ask …

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Greece’s Animals Law uploaded for Public Consultation

The revised law for the protection of companion animals and strays has been uploaded on March 31 on internet for public consultation. You can write your comments until April 13, 2011. Unfortunately I can’t translate the whole law… However from the comments I’ve read so far, there are constructive proposals  …

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