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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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Greek PM Samaras: Early Elections 25. January 2015

The time of truth has come and the clock is ticking… The third round of voting for Greece’s next President will decide whether the coalition government of Nea Dimokratia and PASOK will stay in power or the country will head to snap elections. Sole Presidential candidate Stavros Dimas needs 180 …

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PM Samaras’ proposal: Trading “Presidential votes” for “Ministerial posts”?

It was certainly a proposal that would have an indisputable impact: the proposal of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who urged for consensus in the Presidential vote and indirectly promised in exchange “ministerial posts” to those MPs, who would vote for candidate Stavros Dimas. “After the presidential election, we can expand …

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PM Samaras: “consensus on presidential vote, snap elections even end of 2015”

In a televised address to the nation Sunday noon, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras drew the highlights of his political strategy just two day before the second round of voting for the country’s next President that is going to take place in the shadow of the MP-bribery-scandal. “Consensus on the …

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PM Samaras’ last minute pressure: Vote for Dimas to avoid fatal political adventure for Greece’s European course

Just a few hours before the first round of Presidential voting, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras issued a statement urging MPs to vote in favor of Stavor Dimas tonight, “in order to avoid adventures for the European course of the country,” as he said it characteristically. At the same time, …

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EU works to keep Greece in the EZ, sends Moscovici to Athens and #GreeksAskJuncker

Amid the horror Grexit-scenarios being pushed around by the Greek coalition government, the European Commission says “it is working to keep Greece firmly in the eurozone” and thus just a couple of days after EC chief Jean-Claude Juncker blatantly intervened in the Greek politics. EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici …

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PM Samaras mobilizes old recipes: panic, dilemmas, scaremongering, Grexit

Two days before the first round of voting for Greece’s next President and government officials piously grabbed the pews in the sacred church of power and televion pannels, turned on the alarm lights of the government vehicles and set up to a frenzy populism campaing full of dilemmas, panic and …

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Greek PM names Stavros Dimas as Presidential candidate; “political suicide” for Samaras?

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday noon, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras named former EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas as the Presidential candidate. the announcement was made about an hour after Dimas had a meeting with Samaras in the Prime Minister’s office. Stavros Dimas, 73, is a center-right politician …

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Eurogroup FinMins give Greece two-month bailout “technical” extension

Euro zone finance ministers have provisionally granted Greece a two month “technical extension” to its €245bn bailout. The Eurogroup of finance ministers said in a statement that if a series of fiscal adjustments were carried out within the two month period, the euro zone’s rescue fund – the EFSF – …

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E-mails come and go and it looks as if the Troika will extend Greece’s bailout program

E-mails land in the inboxes of the Troika and the Greek government seeking an agreement on what austerity measures the debt-ridden Greeks will have to take in order to fill the fiscal gap of 2.5 billion euro stated by the country’s international lenders EU, IMF and ECB. The latste Troika …

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Nafplion residents protest PM Samaras declared “Honorary Citizen”

Residents of Nafplion were anything but happy to see Prime Minister Antonis Samaras been proclaimed “Honorary Citizen” of the picturesque small town that happens to be the the capital of was  of the First Hellenic Republic (1821-1834), but also the hometown of his wife, Georgia. As the City Council has …

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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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ND MP Psycharis’ resignation frees analysts’ imagination

Sudden and unexpected, Nea Dimokratia MP Andreas Psycharis submitted his resignation from the party of PM Samaras, right after he voted in the Greek Parliament in favor of the crucial bill granting debtors up to 100-installment payment scheme. In a press release, Psycharis explained the reason for his resignation as …

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Deputy Education Minister to resign over vulgar verbal attack against KKE MP

Tension went high in Greek Parliament, when Liana Kanelli, Greek Communist Party MP, criticized deputy Education Ministrer Giorgos Stylios for the free breakfast program in schools. The deputy Minister acts like “Marie Antoinette, when he says, he offers one piece of fruit per day to children, but has spent 3 …

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Greece -Turkey: tension is high as Ankara tries to conduct research in Cyprus EEZ

A new tension is high between the arch rivals and close neighbors on the west and east of the Aegean Sea, as Turkey is staging one provocation after the other, playing the game the country knows very well: claiming rights in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Reason for …

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SYRIZA: “Snap polls here and now!” Tsipras asks President Papoulias to convey CoPL

Greece’s main opposition party SYRIZA wants elections “here and now!” In a meeting with the President of the Republic, left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras asked Karolos Papoulias to convey the political leaders so that they would agree to dissolve the Parliament and set the date for snap elections. Greek media report …

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