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PM Tsipras accuses IMF of “criminal responsibility,” ECB of “financial asphyxiation’ and the EU of using “austerity a la carte”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sharply criticized the country’s creditors on insisting to impose a “failed program” and accused the International Monetary Fund of “criminal responsibility for what has happened in the last 5 years.” Speaking to his own lawmakers in SYRIZA’s parliamentary group on Tuesday, Alexis Tsipras also accused …

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PM Tsipras: Solution, no rift; Schaeuble should pity those with heads bowed

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras commented to several important issues like the broke down Eurogroup meeting on Monday and the several drafts submitted to Finance Minister Varoufakis, to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and to the first legislation his government is about to submit to Parliament with measures to relief indebted …

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Greek government: Fast Forward with anti-austerity measures

Alexis Tsipras and his junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos pushed the Fast Forward button to restore a series of so-called “reforms”, that is austerity measures imposed by the country’s lenders, the Troika. Several new appointed ministers of the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition started to announce thorough changes, right after they assumed …

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Greek Parliament demands back MPs’ January salaries paid in advance

Do you remember KTG’s blogpost, that 300 MPs received in advance their January salary although the Parliament was closed on December 31st due to the elections on January 25th? Well… after the move was described by several media as “provocations in times of economic crisis” now the Parliament decided to …

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Greek elections: Latest polls and estimated seats distributions

Left-wing SYRIZA increases its rates towards conservative Nea Dimokratia in the several polls published five days before the elections on Sunday. The growing rate difference 4%-6.5% is been justified with the rate of former ND-voters (elections 2012) who tend to cast a vote for SYRIZA. Pollsters estimate that 3% of …

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Who gets paid without working? Our esteemed Greek MPs….

Three hundred members of the Greek Parliament received their January salary despite the fact that the Parliament was formally closed on December 31st due to proclaimed elections on January 25th. Three hundred MPs saw their parliamentary allowance of  5,500 euro net (€7,000 gross) being credited in their bank accounts, despite …

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PM Samaras: “Early elections result of partisan self-interest”; Parliament dissolves Dec 31/2014

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the President of the Hellenic Republic Tuesday noon time for the necessary arrangements to dissolve the Parliament and proclaim early elections. “The big moment has arrived,” Karolos Papoulias reportedly told Samaras and expressed hope that “all goes well with the country.” The Prime Minister replied …

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Bribes Alert! Opposition MP claims, she was offered €3mln to vote for Greece’s next President

Stavroula Xoulidou, a lawmaker from right-wing Independent Greeks party, claimed that she was offered 3 million euro to vote for Greece’s next President. Xoulidou made her claims during a late night show on Tuesday short after party president Panos Kammenos had claimed that there were attempts from the side of …

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Libyan Parliament takes refuge in Greek ferry

Weird things happen in countries torn by civil war. The Parliament of Libya took refuge in a Greek car ferry hired to serve as last-minute accommodation for the troubled lawmakers and their families. The 17,000-ton Elyros liner has docked in the small port of Tobruk and is deployed as floating …

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Number of Independent MPs in GR-Parliament on the rise

The number of independent lawmakers in Greek parliament rose to 23 after Vasilis Oikonomou resigned from Democratic Left on Friday. Τhe independent lawmakers build together the fourth power group in the Greek Parliament even if  some of them have formed the lose fraction of “Independent Democrats” consisting of 13 MP’s. …

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Greek PM announces sweeping changes to Constitution

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday presented his party’s proposals for sweeping changes to the Greek Constitution, heralding reforms that would reduce the terms of state officials and increase the accountability of ministers as well as the transparency of political parties. The proposed reforms, outlined before an audience of New …

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UPD Friendly chat with Golden Dawn brings down Greek gov’t secretary general (video)

A first class political scandal is shaking the Greek coalition government after Golden Dawn released footage of a friendly chat the extreme-right party had with the secretary of the government Panagiotis Baltakos. According to the recorded conversation and the footage transcript Baltakos allegedly claimed that the political persecution of Golden …

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Greek cookies of shame…

We have a major issue here in Greece. A scandalous issue that challenges the coalition government and the millions of jobless and low-pensioners in debt-ridden and austerity-hit Greece. Key word: Cookies. Yes. In the volume of one metric tonne. Butter, chocolate, vanilla. Soft cookies, hard cookies. Stuffed with chunks of …

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Greek Parliament Budget Office: taxes skyrocketed since 2010, up to 450% in fuel

The Budget Office of Greek parliament summarized the tax increases that took place since the country sought the aid of International Monetary Fund. The report was thought as an answer to finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras who denies the Greek households were overtaxed. “A series of tax increases from 2010 up …

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Golden Dawn MP fined €1,500 or insulting the parliament

Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia was fined with 1,500 euro for saying “punks” addressing the Minister of Justice and the lawmakers in the Greek Parliament. Acting parliament speaker Charalambos Markogiannakis, fined Zaroulia for “behavior violating the Parliament statute”. It is the first time that such a disciplinary measure is being …

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