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Father of Digital Minister appointed president of nationalized OASTH

Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis announced on Wednesday the appointment of the economist Stelios Pappas, the father of Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, as the new president of the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization (OASTH). The company was nationalized beginning of July. In a statement, Spirtzis said Pappas’s appointment was part of …

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SYRIZA-ANEL vote to reinstall asylum in Greece’s universities

Lawmakers from the ruling leftist SYRIZA party and their coalition partners Independent Greeks (ANEL) have passed a controversial bill aimed at overhauling Greek universities and technical colleges. The vote was conducted by roll call in Parliament Wednesday following a request by main New Democracy opposition that has fought the reforms …

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War of Words between Greek Judiciary and Government escalates

The war of words between the Greek government and the judiciary escalated on Monday, when the president of the country’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, made a statement that was broadcast live on television. In his statement, the president of CoS, Nikos Sakellariou, spoke of a systematic government …

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“I had agreed with Russia to give cash that would help with Grexit,” claims ex Syriza Minister

Panagiotis Lafazanis, energy minister in the first SYRIZA government, claimed he had agreed with Moscow in 2015 that Russia would make a down-payment for a gas pipeline so that the money could be used to finance rexit if the country would decide to leave the euro zone. Lafazanis told Vima …

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EP Vice hits out at EPP Weber comment “Communist Prime Minister” of Greece

European parliament vice-president and head of SYRIZA fraction Dimitris Papadimoulis hit out at the chairman of EPP, Manfred Webber, who claimed the problem of Greece was the “communist Prime Minister.” “Weber is again completely out of step with the majority of the European Parliament as well as Jean-Claude Juncker and …

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The transfer of Holy Light divides Greece’s coalition government

It was first SYRIZA lawmaker Makis Balaouras, who claimed the Holy Light was a “pagan residue”. A couple of days later, the parliamentary spokeswoman of SYRIZA, Foteini Vaki described the Holy Fire as a “fake miracle.”  The debate about the transfer of the Holy Light from Jerusalem and the official …

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Turmoil as 20-25 MPs may have received the Christmas Bonus for low-pensioners

One more lawmaker of ruling SYRIZA admitted that he received the Christmas Bonus (13th pension) for low-pensioners although he receives a good and mostly tax-free salary from the Greek Parliament. Are these the only MPs? Hardly. Triantafyllos Mitafidis said on Friday that the mistake in granting the so-called once-off 13th …

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Lenders press Greece to sell 40% of PPC lignite units and energy producing plants

Greek Interior Minister – an Energy minister in first SYRIZA government – Panos Skourletis accused on Monday international lenders of reneging on a 2015 bailout deal by trying to force a fire-sale of its main electricity utility Public Power Corporation (PPC/DEH) to serve “domestic and foreign business interests.” Later, a …

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IMF to ask Greece’s opposition for ‘assurances’ in implementation of extra austerity

The International Monetary Fund will seek assurances by Greece’s main opposition party New Democracy in case the fund decides to participate in the Greek program. In the regular briefing on Thursday, the spokesman of IMF, Gerry Rice, did not rule out assurances by the Greek opposition. Assurances mean that Greece’s …

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Activism questionnaire by SYRIZA-Youth asks about “involvement in theft from supermarkets”

The online questionnaire uploaded by the Youth organization of ruling left-wing  SYRIZA is theoretically a sociological research, an attempt to gather the opinion of the basic of the youth organization. However, several questions are unconventional and even rename the criminal offense of “theft” into “activism”. The questionnaire triggered an outrage …

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