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Corruption prosecutor resigns, claiming she was targeted over pharma company probe

Greece’s corruption prosecutor Eleni Raikou submitted her resignation on Friday claiming she was being targeted by “unofficial power centres” due to her investigation of alleged extensive bribery of state officials by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis. Eleni Raikou has been holding this position since 213. Greece’s Corruption Prosecutor Eleni Raikou resigned …

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Prosecutors raid offices of Novartis in Athens over alleged bribery scandal

Corruption prosecutors raided the offices of Swiss drug maker Novartis in Athens a few days ago as part of an ongoing investigation over bribery allegations, sources told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Tuesday. According to the same sources, the prosecutors requested a thorough search to gather electronic data and documents …

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The best way to digest Debates in Greece’s Parliament is Spaghetti Pesto

I missed a major event at the Greek Parliament on Tuesday night: the debate on justice and corruption. Instead of get glued on my couch and watch for endless hours government and opposition politicians shouting at each other I did something else though of equal torture effect: I tried to …

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Prosecutor raises charges against Greek FM officials for “illegal funding” of US-based Think-Tank

Corruption prosecutors in action raised felony charges former officials of the Greek Foreign Ministry and submitted the relevant file also to Parliament to investigate possible responsibility of former Foreign Minister George Papandreou. The charges refer to what it seems to be “illegal” funding to a foreign Non-governmental organization, an American …

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“Frustration” should be a Greek word: Brain-Drain is easy among technology developers

Frustration in Greece is Problem No 1. You try and try and you hit wall. Again and again. Most of the time. Especially, when you have to deal with the state. In their free time and without any funding, a group of students developed an Application that provides useful information …

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Greece’s Price List for kickbacks: 2% – 23% for public officials

Greece’s public officials had apparently turned the kickbacks collection into a “science”, while an unofficial but institutionalize price list could cut a nice portion from the total pie for private pockets. Under the hand. Illegally. Tax-free. The bribes percentage was something between 2% and shocking 23% depending on the sector …

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Greece’s Anti-Corruption Minister: 3.5K cases of tax evasion totaling €7bm

Yup. Greece has a Minister assigned to combat corruption. Since January 27th 2015. His name is Panagiotis Nikoloudis, former prosecutor for cases of money laundering. In Greek coalition government Nikoloudis has the duty not only to find out cases of corruption but also to collect the fines and penalties from …

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Greece is not alone: Italy, Romania and Bulgaria equally corrupt among EU countries

Italy, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria are seen as equally corrupt among EU countries, while Denmark is the least graft-prone country, according to the yearly corruption perception index published by Transparency International on Wednesday (3 December). The index scores and ranks countries around the world based on how corrupt their public …

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Ambulance worker received full salary for 5 years but never appeared to work

For five whole years an employee at the ambulance service EKAV has been receiving his monthly salary month in, month out. However, he never bothered to appear at the service and do his duty. How could he? The man was very busy: he was working at the cafeteria of his …

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Ex Defense Ministry official admitted bribes $16 million. Yes, he is Greek…

Former PM Papandreou may had been right, when he claimed in the pre-election period in September 2009 “there is money”. Stupidly enough the Greek voters believed there there was money in the state registers to be distributed to the people. However, obviously enough, the money was (and still is) in …

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Unionist asked €50K from hospital commander to refrain from protest strikes

The president of the union of workers in “Sotiria” public hospital in Athens was reportedly caught red-handed with ‘marked’ bank notes. According to Greek media, the unionist had allegedly asked forty to fifty thousand euro from the hospital commander so that the union would refrain from protest strikes. An old …

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Three years in IMF, there are still tax “untouchables”: the caste of Greek millionaires

Three years after Greece sought the money of IMF and drained every employee, pensioner and property owner with unbearable taxes, Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras openly admits: there is still a caste of people the tax authorities do not dare to touch. People with millions in the bank who declare income below …

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