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Tsipras asks Ministers’ commitment “to not bring down the gov’t over Macedonia”

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has asked the government ministers to commit themselves to not bring down the government on the Macedonia name issue. Tsipras was addressing a cabinet meeting of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government on Tuesday, with his junior partner Panos Kammenos to insist in not supporting the Prespes Agreement. …

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One and a half ministerial Apology for the Athens Wildfires

The first minister apology for the Athens wildfires came by the deputy defense minister on Thursday morning. Even though with a delay of eleven days. The ministers of Foreign Affairs and the deputy for Citizen Protection and Public Order followed. Almost. Deputy Defense Minister, Fotis Kouvelis, said during a live …

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Govt’ abolishes rent subsidy for cabinet members without seat in Parliament

The Greek government has submitted an amendment that abolishes rent subsidies to ministers and deputy ministers that do not have seats in the Parliament. The amendment has been submitted on Wednesday evening and will be voted later on Thursday. The abolishing of the rent subsidies will go into effect retrospective …

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Parliament rejects opposition inquiry for 3 government ministers

The Greek parliament rejected on Thursday night a proposal by New Democracy to set up a special parliamentary committee to investigate a possible breach of trust by three SYRIZA ministers in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Novartis case, after it failed to secure the required majority. The proposal …

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Economy Minister Papadimitriou resigns over rental subsidy

Economy Minister, Dimitris Papadimitriou, submitted his resignation late Monday night, just hours after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras removed his wife, Alternate Labor Minister, Rania Antonopoulou, from the cabinet over the rental subsidy. In his letter, Papadimitriou wrote he resigns for “reasons of political sensitivity.” Tsipras accepted the resignation short after …

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Greek Parliament decides to probe 10 politicians in alleged Novartis bribery case

After a plenary debate that lasted 18 hours, the majority of Greek lawmakers voted in favor of setting up a parliamentary committee to investigate two former prime ministers and eight former ministers over allegations of bribery and money laundering by Swiss drugmaker Novartis. Majority of votes was received by EU …

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Novartis file submitted to Parliament, names of ex ministers and PMs now official

The case file of the Novartis kickbacks investigation was submitted to the Plenary early Tuesday Afternoon. Acting Palriament Speaker, Tasia Christodoulopoulou, confirmed the delivery  and read the names of those politicians, 2 former prime ministers and 8 ex ministers of Health, Finance and Labor, allegedly involved in the scandal as …

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Gov’t cuts lawmakers’ tax breaks, ministers’ salaries by 15%

Finally, good news! In the direction of correcting what we call “social injustice”. That is that while the poor and the needy and the vulnerable society groups are being disproportionally overtaxed, lawmakers and politicians pay less taxes and enjoy tax breaks with ‘whatever’ justification the legislator who introduced this system …

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PM Tsipras sets key priorities in first cabinet meeting, advises ministers to live “frugal”

Greece’s new PM Alexis Tsipras presented his government’s key priorities in the first meeting of the new cabinet on Wednesday. The key priorities include measures to tackle the country’s humanitarian crisis, restarting the economy and clashing with vested interests. However it is interesting to see also what he advised his …

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Greece’s new cabinet: FinMin Varoufakis, FM Kotzias, DefMin Kammenos

Greece’s new cabinet of SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition government has been announced on Tuesday. Left-wing SYRIZA decided to merge several ministries and establish so-called “super ministries” staffed with several alternate and deputy ministers. Media reported earlier of a 10+10+10 scheme that is: 10 ministers + 10 alternate ministers + 10 deputy …

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It ‘rains’ lawsuits against ministers, ex PM Papandreou included

Several Greek citizens filed lawsuits against current and former ministers, ex prime minister George Papandreou included. The citizens want the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of the ministers involved and a probe for requests that have to do with the economic crisis. The start was made by former Navy officer …

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Real News: SDOE Probes Three Former Ministers for Money Laundering

A ‘mega bomb’ exploded on Saturday in Athens when a weekly newspaper with front page “Testimony Burns 3 Ministers” claimed that two former ministers and the current parliament speaker have been alledgedly involved in money laundering scandal.   In its exclusive story Real News  refers to the written testimony of a real estate …

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