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Democratic Left DIMAR joins forces with SYRIZA ahead of EU elections

The small party of Democratic Left (DIMAR) decided to join forces with ruling party SYRIZA ‘s central committee decided on Saturday to join forces with SYRIZA and all the movements and active citizens participating in the Progressive Alliance. The decision was taken in a vote by members of the party’s …

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Greek PM Samaras: Early Elections 25. January 2015

The time of truth has come and the clock is ticking… The third round of voting for Greece’s next President will decide whether the coalition government of Nea Dimokratia and PASOK will stay in power or the country will head to snap elections. Sole Presidential candidate Stavros Dimas needs 180 …

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Were will the 180 votes for Greece’s next President will come from?

The second round of Presidential voting ended on Tuesday with candidate Stavros Dimas to have received 168 votes, far below the 200 needed. The votes came from the coalition Nea Dimokratia – PASOK (155) and 13 from independent MPs, among them two ex Golden Dawn. 2. round of voting – …

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Fotis Kouvelis resigns as leader of Democratic Left (DIMAR)

Leader of Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis submitted his resignation  just a few days after the European Parliament elections on Sunday that gave the center-left party a thin 1.20%. That is a total collapse for the party that it is claimed to have divided the left right after Greece entered the …

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Democratic Left leader, Fotis Kouvelis, in hospital after fainting

Former coalition government partner Fotis Kouvelis was taken to the hospital on Friday morning after fainting. the leader of Democratic Left (DIMAR) was at the airport to fly to Kavala, when he felt unease and fainted. He received first aid from paramedics in airport and he was transferred with ambulance …

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Junior partner DemLeft withdraws ministers from Samaras’ gov’t

Political council and parliamentary group of Democratic Left accepted with overwhelming majority the party leader proposal to withdraw two ministers, two deputy ministers from Samaras’ government and also several general secretaries. “DemLeft requested its ministers to submit their resignation”, high-ranking party official Chatzisokratis told media short after 3:00 pm on …

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Nea Dimocratia would love to make strikes difficult, if it weren’t the gov’t partners

I’m afraid democracy in Greece tends to adopt more and more authoritarian features. Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis plans to radically change the strike law and make it more difficult for unions to declare strikes. According to information leaked in the Greek press on Sunday, the absolute majority of the workers (that is: …

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Colonel Dertilis funeral turns into a show for junta remnants

A 22-year-old man was arrested during the funeral of one of junta architects Nikolaos Dertilis on Thursday. Police arrested the man because of possession of 21 bullet shells, after gunshots were fired during the funeral to honour the deceased junta colonel. The funeral was attended by several lawmakers and supporters of extreme-right …

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Public Opinion Survey: Syriza 23.5%, ND 19%, Golden Dawn 12%…

Main opposition party, left-wing SYRIZA leads in the latest public opinion survey, conducted by Puls for newspaper “6 Meres” (6 Days). Samaras party Nea Dimocratia, and his coalition partners PASOK and Democratic Left are on a falling trend, with SYRIZA and Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) to profit from these loses. …

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‘Day After’ for Greece’s Coalition Government with PASOK Falling Apart

With a marginal majority of 153 votes Greece’s coalition government under Prime Minister Antonis Samaras managed to pass the austerity package bill through the Greek Parliament. An austerity bill that is hard if not impossible to be implemented when in combination with the Budget 2013 will send millions of people to …

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Samaras’ Junior Partner Calls on Troika to Withdraw Labour Rights “Reforms”

Samaras’ junior coalition government partner Democratic Left executive committee decided on Thursday evening to reject the labour rights ‘reforms’ demanded by the Troika. In a statement after the meeting DemLeft said: “Excecutive committee of DemLeft unanimously insist on its decisions to reject the Troika-proposals for the labour rights. Addressing our …

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Public Opinion Surveys: ND-SYRIZA Close, Golden Dawn on the Rise

 Two public opinion surveys published on Saturday show the Samaras’s party Nea Dimocratia and left-wing SYRIZA are head to head, while extreme-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) is on the rise. On both surveys, GD is third party in the preference of respondents. One survey shows that SYRIZA leads with 1.2%, while …

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