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Prespes Agreement approved by Committee of Greek Palriament

With a majority of votes, the Committee of National Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Greek Parliament approved the Prespes Agreement on Tuesday afternoon. The deal between Greece and FYROM will be now submitted to the Plenary for voting and ratification. The discussion and processing of the draft law ratifying …

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“MPs would receive €24,000 in retroactive payments” stirs Greece’s political kitchen

Greek lawmakers secretly voted last week that they are also entitled to retroactive salary payments as those civil servants in the category of special payrolls, media reported on Monday. According to a press release issued on November 12 by the Union for the Protection of Labor (ENIPEKK), each lawmaker is …

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Tsipras seeks broader political consent to extension of Greece’s territorial waters

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Alexis Tsipras is seeking broader political consent on the extension of Greece’s territorial waters from currently 6 to 12 miles from the coastline. In this sense, he decided to skip the option of Presidential decrees and seek approval of the Parliament. According to original plans, …

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FYROM Parliament sets date for Name Change Referendum

The Parliament of  the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has approved a government proposal setting September 30 as the date for a referendum on a deal with Greece to rename the country. Sixty-eight deputies in the 120-member parliament voted on July 30 in favor of holding a referendum on the …

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“Liar! Crook! Sycophant!” Greece’s political leaders duel over homme fatal Moscovici

Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, and main opposition leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis from conservative New Democracy, exchanged “French” for the sake of  homme fatal, the EU Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici, during a Plenary debate about Greek economy  on Thursday. Reason for the verbal  duel between the prime minister and the main opposition …

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Parliament lifts immunity of Deputy FM and one SYRIZA MP

The Greek Parliament voted in favor to lift the immunity of deputy Foreign Minister, Giorgos Katrougalos, and of Giannis Stefos, lawmaker from the ruling party SYRIZA. The Palriament voted against the lifting of immunity of one lawmaker of New Democracy and one from PASOK. Katrougalos 174 Yes, 7 No Stefos …

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Felony charges against ex Golden Dawn MP for “preparations of High Treason acts”

In fast track procedures a prosecutor in Athens pressed felony charges against the now ex Golden Dawn Mo, Konstantinos Barbarousis, for “preparing acts of high treason.” Prosecutor Giorgos Kaloudis completed the investigation commissioned by Greece’s Supreme Court on Friday afternoon. Investigation was completed in fast track, in less than 8 …

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Greek Parliament passes austerity bill with prior actions worth €5.5billion

The Plenary of the Greek Parliament passed the omnibus bill with the prior actions necessary for the conclusion of the fourth and final review of the Greek programme. The fast-track bill was passed on Thursday afternoon with 154 votes in favor and and 144 against, in a total of 298 …

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ND leader Mitsotakis submits no-confidence vote against gov’t over Macedonia

Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis of conservative New Democracy announced Thursday noon that he is submitting no-confidence vote against the government over the Macedonia agreement. “I want to see if  Mr. Tsipras has 154 votes for the Macedonia agreement,” Mitsotakis told the Plenary with a clear hint to coalition government …

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Greek Parliament honors Athens Pride 2018 with rainbow colors

A smart part of the Greek Parliament was lit up in rainbow colors on Saturday night to honor Athens Pride 2018. It was a symbolic move with the aim to pass the message of ‘respect diversity and human rights’ to the citizens. The lighting followed an initiative by Parliament Speaker, …

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Greek parliament passes Novartis pharma probe over to judiciary

Greece’s parliament has no jurisdiction to investigate the role of ten politicians in alleged bribes by Swiss drugmaker Novartis, lawmakers ruled late on Friday night when they voted in favor to hand investigation over to judiciary. The majority of the lawmakers mostly SYRIZA-ANEL that were present in the parliament, 168 …

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Surprise poll: SYRIZA – ND difference smaller, 5 parties in Parliament

A public opinion poll with surprise results: The difference between left-wing SYRIZA and conservative main opposition party New Democracy is getting smaller. At the same time, should elections be held next Sunday, only five political parties would manage to pass the threshold of 3% and enter the Palriament. According to …

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Golden Dawn MP rants in Parliament, now party expulsion under consideration

Greek parliament will consider expelling Golden Dawn temporarily from its debates, Palriament Speaker, Nikos Voutsis, said on Thursday, after a party MP went on a rant attacking SYRIZA MPs as “traitors”, during a speech in the plenum. Golden Dawn MP Yiannis Lagos, who was speaking about a letter sent by …

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Opposition parties walk out of Novartis investigating committee

Greek opposition parties walked out of Parliament’s preliminary investigating committee on Novartis on Tuesday, accusing the government of lack of seriousness and delaying tactics. Committee members New Democracy, Democratic Alignment (PASOK), To Potami and Centrists’ Union started walking out of Tuesday’s meeting after ruling SYRIZA-ANEL coalition MPs proposed that the …

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