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Supreme Court prosecutor order inquiry into private funding of political parties

Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou ordered a preliminary inquiry into allegations of exorbitant private funding to political parties, Athens news agency amna reports late on Monday. Τhe inquiry takes aim at media reports quoting from the deposition of former PASOK official Theodoros Tsoukatos on a case of SIEMENS bribery scandal. …

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Greek Orthodox Church calls on Gov’t to withdraw Gender Change bill

The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church urged the coalition government to withdraw a legislation on gender change that is to be voted through the Parliament on upcoming Monday. In a statement the Holy Synod said that the proposed bill challenges the feeling society, it torpedoes the sacred institution …

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Greek Defense Minister under fire for alleged contact with convict

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos and consequently the SYRIZA-led coalition government have come under fire following media reports that the minister had contacts with a convict in the drug-smuggling case known as Noor 1.  Opposition parties claim “the minister tried to intervene in the work of justice.” Media claim the …

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Parliamentary Committee concludes investigation on bank loans to political parties and media

After nine months of intense debate and impressive revelations, the Parliamentary Committee investigating the legality of bank loans to political parties and media concluded its works. With the exception of New Democracy, the majority of intraparty members voted in favor of sending the findings to Supreme Court prosecutor in order …

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Greeks lost confidence in their political system – No wonder….

Greece’s political system has undermined itself in the last years as the economic crisis brought on the surface all chronic diseases of a ststem that had an expiration date.  Ideologies have been abolished in a society that used to be highly politicized. Whether socialist (PASOK) or left-wings (SYRIZA) parties, they …

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Parliamentary Committee investigates bank loans to political parties & media groups

The Parliamentary Inquiry Commission decided on Wednesday to investigate the advertising expenditure of Greek banks to the media over a period of the last 10 years. The Commission investigates in general the legality of  bank loans to political parties as well as loans to mass media groups. The extension of …

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19 parties to run for Greece’s snap elections, €2.1m state funding goes only to seven parties

Greek voters who have not decided yet for which party they will cast their vote, they cannot complain about lack of choices. Nineteen political parties and five alliances of political parties have submitted their documents to Greece’s Supreme Court (Areios Pagos)  and seek the court’s approval to run for the  …

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Survey: 48% support SYRIZA, 54% approve Gov’t negotiations attitude

Despite all odds. Despite all pressure and “bankruptcy” threats and blackmails. 48% of Greeks support left-wing SYRIZA and 54% approve the government’s approach in negotiations with lenders, while 58% want that the Government does not step back under the creditors’ pressure. The majority of respondents reject the additional austerity measures …

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New Greek Parliament opens after Jan 25 elections

A ceremony is taking place Thursday morning to swear in the 300 newly elected lawmakers. Greek MPs have to choice to take a religious (Greek Orthodox and Muslim) or a political oath that is held for the first time in the Parliament after a request of the SYRIZA-led coalition government. …

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Presidency voting – The Day After: scenarios & political initiatives

The first round of political dispute in the Greek Parliament ended with a result below the government expectations. The first round of voting for Greece’s next President granted Samaras’ coalition government with thin 160 votes. 127 lawmakers from Nea Dimokratia, 28 from PASOK and just 5 out of 24 independent …

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Rhodes: Jobless father hands out baby to tax office, after FinMin confiscates his last €300

A desperate jobless father entered the tax office in Rhodes holding in his arms his 1.5-year-old baby. “Take it,” he told the stunned tax officers “I cannot feed it anymore.” A day earlier, the divorced father had found out that the tax office had confiscated 300 euro from his bank …

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Extreme-right Golden Dawn submits anti-racism bill

Racist party Golden Dawn submitted to the Greek Parliament an anti-racism bill proposal. aim of GD is to combat racism against Greeks.  The bill proposal wants legal actions in order to combat crime committed by illegal immigrants against Greeks. And furthermore also measures against those who “distort Greek history.” The …

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Almost every Greek party submits its own anti-racism draft bill

It looks as if at the every end, all Greek parties will submit their own anti-racism legislation proposals, with the exception of extreme-right Golden Dawn, of course. Even the coalition government partners of prime minister Antonis Samaras were unable to agree on a single anti-racism bill. To be correct: the two …

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Greece’s new anti-racism law? It will take a while…

Just two days after announcing the new law against racism, Greek government decided to put it on hold. Officially some technical modifications are needed. Unofficially, it looks as if there was some disagreement within the coalition government partners. Odd enough, the prime minister apparently consulted with the deputy Justice minister …

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