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Poll: Price hikes cause of concern, ND-SYRIZA difference drops to 10.5%, no technocrats gov’t

Difference between ruling conservative New Democracy and main opposition party left-wing SYRIZA has decreased to 10.5% in the preference of potential voters as the high energy cost and the price hikes are a reason of concern for 47% of the Greeks. At the same time, Greeks seem to turn down …

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Tsipras reiterates call on early elections over ND’s pandemic handling, price hikes

Leader of main opposition left-wing SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, reiterated his call on early elections on Monday arguing that the conservative New Democracy government has failed to handle the coronavirus pandemic and to  the price hikes Speaking at a conference on digitalization on Monday, Tsipras said that public trust in the …

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Two ND MEPs abstain from EU Parliament vote on same-sex marriage

Two MEPs from ruling New Democracy abstained from a vote on a European Parliament resolution calling for cross-bloc recognition of same-sex marriage. The draft was approved by 387 MEPs, 161 voted against and 123 abstained. Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou was included in the 123 abstentions while Manolis Kefalogiannis did not even participate …

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Gov’t to lift eligibility restrictions for Diaspora Greeks elections vote

The conservative Greek government plans to lift some crucial restrictions regarding the eligibility criteria allowing Diaspora Greeks to exercise their right to vote in parliamentary elections. The changes are planned despite the fact that New Democracy passed the relevant legislation a year ago. Government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni said Monday noon …

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Poll: Seven in ten Greeks concerned about Covid-19, Turkey

Seven in ten Greeks are worried about the course of the pandemic in the country, while they express concern about the , Turkish aggression in the East Mediterranean at an even higher rate, a public opinion poll has found. According to the poll conducted by Pulse on behalf of Skai, …

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Mitsotakis expels MEP & ex PAOK midfelder Zagorakis over football

With order of the Prime Minister, New Democracy expelled form the party, MEP and former football player, Thodoris Zagorakis, over his statement challenging the decision of the Greek Professional Sports Committee (EEA) to have two football clubs removed from the Super League championship. On Monday, the EEA voted to demote …

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Charges against ex ND MP for sex with minors dropped due to “statute of limitations”

The criminal prosecution against former New Democracy lawmaker Nikos Georgiadis for repeatedly paying minors for sex has been dropped due to the statute of limitations, in accordance with the new penal code. The prosecutor at the three-member court of appeals in Athens argued that she was obliged to accept the …

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Greece’s Asylum bill: Drastic changes to facilitate “fast track” deportations

The new Asylum bill is heading to the Greek Parliament by the conservative New Democracy government despite objections by human rights organizations. The bill introduces a series of measures and drastic changes aiming to restrict access to asylum, reduce asylum procedure times or terminate stages of procedures and proceed with …

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Parliament committee to probe ex SYRIZA Minister over Novartis handling

New Democracy has decided to propose an ad hoc parliamentary committee to investigate the actions of former Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos (SYRIZA) in connection with the Novartis probe. The ex minister speaks of “political persecution.” The ruling party has also decided to avoid investigation into former Prime Minister, Alexis …

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Poll: New Democracy lead with 14.5% over SYRIZA

Greece’s ruling party New Democracy leads with 14.5% over main opposition left-wing SYRIZA in the latest poll, two months after the conservative party came in power. According to a public opinion poll conducted by MRB on behalf of private Star TV, respondents said they favored: New Democracy 36.5% SYRIZA 21.9% …

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Greece takes “immediate action” for the sale of 30% stake of Athens International Airport

The Greek Government Council on Economic Police has decided on Wednesday to take immediate action for the sale of a 30% stake in the Athens International Airport “Elfetherios Venizelos.” The stake is owned by the privatization fund the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF). Instructions were given to the HRADF …

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New Democracy leads with 16.1% in public opinion poll

New Democracy leads by 16.1 percentage points ahead of main opposition party SYRIZA, in the latest public opinion poll conducted by Marc on behalf of Sunday newspaper Proto Thema. The poll was conducted two months after the July elections. According to the poll, should there be elections next Sunday, respondents …

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PM Mitsotakis determined to implement Anti-Smoking Law

For Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis implementation of the Anti-Smoking Law in public buildings is imminent. This was the decision at a meeting Mitsotakis held with the political leadership of the Health Ministry on Wednesday. The battle to improve citizens’ health trhough the reduction of smoking was the main target of …

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Conservative ND scraps plans to take priests off the state payroll

Greece’s newly-elected conservative New Democracy government on Tuesday scrapped plans to remove priests from the state payroll, reversing a decision by its leftist predecessor that aimed to carve a clearer distinction between church and state. Priests in the powerful Greek Orthodox Church have been treated as civil servants in Greece …

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PM Mitsotakis goes ahead with tax relief measures – Draft proposals

Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is set to fulfill one of his pre-election promises, may the most important one that helped him also emerge as the winner of the elections last Sunday: tax relief measures. The plan is top priority for the new Greek government. A draft has been apparently already …

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