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Greek Police Sends Footage to Prosecutor as Golden Dawn MP Threatens Police Officers

Greek police submitted audiovisual material to the attorney of Iraklio, Crete, featuring the unprescedent insults and theats by an MP of extreme-right Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) towards police officers. The footage of cretalive.gr was broadcast by several media. The incident occurred on Sunday in Hersonissos area of the island of Crete, where leftists had …

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Greek Gov’t Rules Spending Controls & Wages-Pension Cuts Bypassing the Parliament

With two legislative actions and fourteen ministerial decisions the Greek government caused serious damage to two state powers of a sovereign state:  the Legislative and the Executive. Bypassing the Parliament, the government drafted legislative actions that give the Finance Minister super powers. Inspectors at ministries, local governments and public utilities enterprises will monitor …

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Athens: Protest Outside Parliament as MPs Debate Budget 2013

Minor tension occurred on Sunday evening when several protesters pushed down the barricades outside the Greek Parliament chanting slogans against the police. The incident ended with some protesters entering the area directly in front of the Parliament. Video: While protest groups from trade unions and opposition parties had left the area, a …

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Scandal! FinMin Withdraws Provisions After Parliament Staff Went on Strike, While Greek MPs Debate Austerity Package

Unprecedented! Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras withdrew the provision after the Parliament staff went on strike. Stournaras told the plenary that he withdraw the provision but that he will bring it up again on a later point as the strike threatened to boycott the austerity bill voting procedure. MPs reacted shouting …

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Public Order Minister Presents Parliament with Suspected Golden Dawn Crimes

Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday presented Parliament with a list of violent and criminal acts that have been attributed to deputies and officials of the ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn in police reports from around the country. The lengthy document was submitted to the House following calls for an …

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Greek Parliament Goes … Vulgar

An unprecedented vulgar verbal attack from the side of Greek Parliament Speaker allegedly occurred this morning in the plenary hall of the Parliament. “Suck my ***” was allegedly the vulgar sentence that soon reached the mainstream media, the websites and the blogs. The  parliament office dismissed the claims that such a …

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45 Policemen Protect Ex Minister; Private Security Firms for the Greek Parliament

 The announcements of Minister for Citizen Protection brought the stone of “policemen as private security guards” in rolling. On Tuesday morning a disclosure which sounds unbelieable but is very logical was made by Deputy Chairman of the Greek Police Union of Attica. Nikos Karadimas told VIMA FM  that 40 to 45 policemen …

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Outrage Over €1,000 Elections Bonus for Greek Parliament Employees

HA! If that’s not a provocation for the majority of Greeks  especially those  in the private sector struggling to make ends meet… Parliament speaker Vyron Polydoras approved to pay to parliament personnel an flat allowance of 1,000 euro due to overtime work because of the two elections in May and …

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Greek Interim Cabinet Sworn in – 300 MPs for A Day…

Greece’s interim cabinet was sworn in in Athens on Thursday morning. The “lean”, 16-member cabinet headed by Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos will will lead the country to fresh elections, on June 17th 2012. Greece’s caretaker government  mainly consists of academic professors, technocrats, former ministers, a retired general and a career diplomat. No …

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Greek Elections – Latest Public Survey

Greece’s voters seem divided to an extreme. To such extreme that they may push ten political parties in the Greek parliament with their votes. According to latest public survey, conducted by Marc for private Alpha TV, conservative Nea Dimokratia remains first party in the choice of voters however it is …

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Greek Parliament Approved 2nd Bailout Agreement

Greek Parliament approved the new €130-billion loan agreement in the early morning hours of Wednsday. 213 MPs voted in favor, while 79 deputies voted against it and 8 MPs did not cast a vote. The loan agreement was voted in favor by coalition government deputies from socialist PASOK, conservative Nea …

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Greece’s Mini-Cabinet Reshuffle

It all started with the resignation of Minister for Citizens’ Protection Christos Papoutsis, who chose to candidate for the leadership of PASOK than remain a Papademos’ government minister. The choice to give the empty post to Michalis Chryssochoides (Development Minister until Tuesday night) triggered more moves on the Greek political chessboard. …

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Greek Prison Directors: “Sorry, We’re Full!”

In an unprecedented move the directors of three Greek prisons decided to put a ‘padlock’ to the prisons they manage and do not accept any new inmates. The directors of prisons in Athens, Chalkida and Tripoli sent letters to the Minister of Justice and prosecuting authorities announcing that the prisons …

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New Greek PM Wins Vote of Confidence With Overwhelming Majority

Greece’s new Prime Minister Lucas Papademos received the confidence vote at the Greek Parliament on Wednesday afternoon with  255 YES and 38 NO out of 293 voters in a Parliament of 300. Two PASOK deputies and one from Nea Dimokratia voted NO.. All left parties voted NO to the new Greek …

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The Mother of All Greek Battles, Oct 20/2011

The heat is up today in Greece, literally and metaphorically, and protesters started as early as 9 o’clock in the morning to flock towards the Parliament and Syntagma square in Athens downtown. It is estimated that 300,000 people came to downtown Athens yesterday. Many thousands gathered in 20 cities across the …

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German Parliament Approves EFSF Expansion

German parliamentarians on Thursday approved the planned expansion of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) with 523 voting in favor, 85 against and three abstentions. The bill’s passage is a vital hurdle in euro-zone efforts to increase the fund’s lending capacity from its current €250 billion ($338 billion) to €440 …

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Greek PM: We had 3 Options-Default, Eurozone Exit, Bailout

Greece prime Minister George Papandreou revealed for the first time he was considering the options of “default” and “exit the eurozone” but that he finally picked up the “bailout”.  Speaking at the Greek Parliament during the debate for the vote of confidence, Papandreou announced a referendum for ‘important changes’ among …

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Mid-Term Package – Voting Schedule

Prime Minister George Papandreou is adamant on passing the Mid-Term Austerity Package through the Greek Parliament. According to latest information, the Package will be submitted to the Economics Commission of Parliament on June 15 for a so-called ‘fist reading’. Most probably the commission will conclude its works on June 17, unless …

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