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Council of State rules “religion courses in schools only for Greek-Orthodox students”

The Council of State ruled on Friday that religion courses in primary and secondary education schools are exclusively “Greek-Orthodox.” The ruling cancels the previous content of religious books as it was decided by SYRIZA Education Minister Kostas Gavroglou and leads to re-writing of thousands of books. The Plenary of the …

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Education Ministry ends recording pupils’ faith and nationality

The Greek Education Ministry decided to comply with EU laws and it will end the practice of schools keeping records of the pupil’s faith and nationality on secondary education school diplomas and the ministry’s website “myschool.” The Ministry’s decision published on Tuesday comes two weeks after the Greek Data Protection …

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Personal Data Authority rules “register students’ religion is unconstitutional”

The Greek Authority for the Protection of Personal Data (ASCPS) ruled on Wednesday that the inclusion of religion and citizenship in primary and secondary school registries and degrees as well as the requirement for a negative registration are contrary to the Constitution, the ECHR and European legislation. The registration of …

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“Religious courses should be more attractive to pupils,” says Education Minister

Minister of Education & Religion Niki Kerameos seem to have a top priority: to make religious courses more attractive to school children. “There are two decisions of the Council of State from 2018 that have ruled the studies program is  unconstitutional. Of course, our duty is to apply the decisions …

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Court dismisses jail sentence for satirical blogger “Elder Pastitsios”

The legal adventures of satirical Greek blogger “Elder Pastitsios” (Geron Pastitios) are over.  The Three-Member Misdemeanors Court decided to trigger Article 8 of Law 4411/2016, which eliminates criminal liability for misdemeanors and minor offenses that were committed until 03.31.2016 and threatened with imprisonment up to two years. Philippos Loizos, aka …

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Twitter bird vs Holy Spirit: ND candidate protests SYRIZA poster

Have you been thinking all of the time that the symbol of social media Twitter is a “chirping bird” tweeting 140-characters long? Well, I have bad news for you. You have been wrong all of the time. Then according to conservative Nea Dimokratia,  the fluffy Twitter bird has allegedly some connection …

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Greek FinMin quotes Lenin: ‘useful idiots’ those who do not want Greece to succeed

Would you dare believe that a Finance Minister who applies neo-liberal IMF policies would cite a phrase attributed to Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin? Oh yes! In this surreal country called “Greece” everything is possible. Even that. Apparently because the ‘modern neo-liberals’ used to be ‘leftist’ or ‘communists’ when they …

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