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Court rules new pension cuts in 2019 against Constitution and Human Rights Convention

The Plenary of the State Audit Council has ruled that the cuts to main and supplementary pensions to be implemented in 2019 are against the Constitution and contravene the European Convention of Human Rights. Pension cuts are creditors’ top favorite austerity measure. The pension cuts the government and its creditors …

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Turkey’s Erdogan declares 3-month state of emergency “to strengthen democracy”

Some folks have a weird concept of democracy, rule of law and freedom. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey will be under state of emergency for at least three 3 months. The announcement comes short before Wednesday midnight after two marathon meetings of the National Security Council and of …

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Court rules: seizure of debtor’s deposits without notice is constitutional

A shock for millions of debtors: the Council of State ruled that tax offices and insurance funds are allowed to seize debtor’s bank deposits without previous notice and that this is conform with the Greek Constitution.  Greece’s highest administrative court’s reasoning is that “previous notice would give time to the …

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Council of State blocks transfer of Athens Water Company to Privatization Agency

Greece’s Council of State blocked the transfer of part of Athens Water Company stakes to Privatization Agency (TAIPED).  In clear words, this decision prohibits the privatization of Athens Water Company (ΕΥΔΑΠ) and mosτ possible also the upcoming privatization of 51% of the stakes of Thessaloniki Water company (EYAΔ). The Council …

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Greek PM announces sweeping changes to Constitution

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday presented his party’s proposals for sweeping changes to the Greek Constitution, heralding reforms that would reduce the terms of state officials and increase the accountability of ministers as well as the transparency of political parties. The proposed reforms, outlined before an audience of New …

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Portuguese court rules four out of nine bailout measures violate Constitution

This is a lesson  Eurozone member-countries in bailout should learn: that Troika imposed and government applied bailout terms can be against the national Constitutions that aim to protect the citizens in these countries. “Portugal’s Constitutional Court has ruled several key articles of the 2013 state budget unconstitutional. It rejected four …

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Council of State: SDOE freezing assets? Against Constitution…

The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, has deemed unconstitutional a law allowing the Financial Crimes Squad, known as SDOE, to freeze bank accounts, shares and properties of suspects linked to cases of large-scale tax evasion, smuggling and other financial crimes. The court further ruled that the law was …

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Greece freezes citizenship to migrants – Decision fuels upheaval among gov’t partners

 Greece suspended citizenship applications by migrants on Friday with a circular issued by Alternate Interior Ministry. The circular comes two weeks after  Prime Minister Antonis Samaras gave orders to immediately scrap the migrant citizenship law and asked the Minister of Interior to work out a new draft that will comply with the …

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Greek Gov’t Considers to Outlaw Golden Dawn?

Greece’s political world seems to see the necessity to take action against extreme right-wing party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) after months of provocative and challenging actions by GD-MPs and party members. With some of these actions to be brought to justice. Evangelos Venizelos, constitutional law professor and leader of coalition government partner …

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Venizelos Fails To Form Greek Gov’ – What’s Next?

Efforts by PASOK-leader Evangelos Venizelos to form a coalition government failed on Friday afternoon. He could not convince SYRIZA-leader, Alexis Tsipras, to join a so-called “ecumenical government” by PASOK-ND-DEMLEFT.    Right after the one-hour meeting, Tsipras, said a clear “No”. Venizelos is expected to return the mandate to the President tomorrow and the …

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Greek Elections: What Will Happen If No Party Wins Absolute Majority?

While the general election campaign is in full speed, the latest public opinion polls destroy any political hopes for an absolute majority and the formation of  one-party government. Greece’s voters will most likely cast their vote pushed by the motivation to “punish” those parties that governed the country for almost four decades and …

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Greece, what’s next? Greek ‘Indignados’ on the rise?

After the new austerity measures and the bitter acknowledge that Greece is economically there where it was before the IMF/EU/ECB loan-deal, there are many people who wonder: What’s next? For sure there will be more austerity measures revealed in the years to come. The medium-term package is thought for 2011-2015.  …

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Theodorakis /Kasimatis: IMF-Memorandum Against Greek Constitution

Greek musician Mikis Theodorakis and constitutional law professor Yiorgos Kasimatis  submitted an official note concerning the IMF/EU/ECB Memorandum of Understanding signed by Greece and questioned its compatibility with the constitution. The two men submitted their objection to Greek President Karolos Papoulias during a visit to presidential manor.   Theodorakis stressed …

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Council of State declares Greek citizenship law “unconstitutional” – Local elections results could be undermined

A major issue for the legitimacy of  the local elections on November 7, 2010  has been triggered by the decision of the Greek Council of State to declare “unconstitutional” the law granting citizenship to foreigners living in Greece.    Short before the elections Interior Minister Yiannis  Ragousis issued Law 3838/2010 that allowed foreigners living …

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