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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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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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The “mother of all battles” in Greek Parliament as lawmakers will vote on Novartis inquiry

The mother of all political battles started at 9 o’ clock Wednesday morning in the plenary of the Greek Parliament. Lawmakers will have to vote and decide whether there is sufficient evidence to conduct preliminary inquiry and prosecute two former prime ministers and eights ex ministers allegedly involved in the …

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Tsipras says Greece will not relinquish right to reimbursement for damage caused by Novartis

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the government will not relinquish its right to reimbursement for damage caused to the state by Novartis, as the former coalition government of New Democracy and PASOK “did with the Siemens kickbacks case.” Tsipras was addressed the Parliament on Monday evening, after the coalition …

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Kammenos dismisses media reports the case file of Saudi Arabia sales was sent to Palriament for investigation

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has dismissed media reports that the “case file regards sales of projectiles to Saudi Arabia” is about to be  or was already submitted to the Greek Palriament for investigation. The information was allegedly attributed to the Corruption Prosecution. In a letter to Corruption Prosecutor,  Kammenos asked …

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Greece’s parliament approves bill to make Sharia law optional for the Muslim minority

Supported by opposition, the Greek Parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of a bill that makes Sharia law optional for the Muslim minority. The legislation limits the jurisdiction of  Sharia Law in Thrace, home of a strong Muslim minority in North-Eastern of the country. Greece is the last European country …

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Gov’t brings omnibus prior actions bill to Parliament to facilitate 3. review of Greek program

The omnibus bill containing the prior actions required to complete Greece’s third program review will be send at the parliament’s relevant committees on Tuesday (Jan. 9), where it will be discussed until Thursday. The bill is 600-pages heavy and contains 50 prior actions The bill will proceed at the plenum …

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Greek Parliament goes orange to end violence against women and girls

The building of the Greek Parliament was lit up in orange on Saturday night to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls . The action took place as the Hellenic Parliament joined in the global campaign raising awareness about violence against women and girls on …

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Lists of tax evaders to be submitted together with state budget to Greek Parliament every year

Greece’s Finance Ministry takes one more step in auditing large-scale tax evaders but also The annual report of the head directors of Tax Administrators and Customs  will include also  lists of large-scale tax evaders and smugglers and both the reports and the lists will be submitted together with  the state …

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Outcry as retired MPs retrospectively claim several million euros

Despite the ongoing economic crisis, some Greeks seem to live on another planet. It is mainly the country’s politicians and certain groups of  the public administration who still think that the state is a cow they can milk even if they know that more than one million people are without …

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Justice Minister seeks legal measures against vulgar and homophobic front-page of conservative daily

Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis asked the prosecutor of  Greece’s Supreme Court to investigate the homophobic and vulgar front page of far-right daily newspaper “Eleftheri Ora.” One day after the Parliament adopted the legislation for gender change, the newspaper published its Wednesday edition with the title Travesti – Parliament and subtitles: …

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Athens protests: Clashes with police short before government votes more austerity

On the second day of anti-austerity protests, anti-authoritarians clashed with police outside the Parliament in Athens, short before the left-wing/nationalists coalition government voted for more austerity measures. Thousands unionists, students, members of leftist parties, engineers, lawyers and unemployed and self-employed flocked outside the Greek Parliament on Thursday afternoon to protest …

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