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Parliament committee: ex FinMin Papaconstantinou to face felony charges

The preliminary investigation committee of the Greek Parliament investigating the famous Lagarde List and the involvement of former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou ended – or not. The meetings of this committee were stormy anyway full of quarrels and under the belt knocks. Nevertheless, the chairman (Nea Dimocratia) of the committee …

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One-billion-euro tax evasion per year through renting luxurious villas in Greece – foreigners involved?

I remember some months ago, when veteran politician Manolis Glezos from left-wing SYRIZA had urged tax authorities to investigate tax evasion in connection with rent-a-villa scheme via the internet and other luxury accommodation to foreigners. Glezos had claimed, that the owners of these accommodations in favorite tourist destinations like the …

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Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister accuses Germany of “euro zone hegemony”

Luxembourg’s foreign minister accused Germany on Tuesday of “striving for hegemony” in the euro zone by telling Cyprus what business model it should pursue. Like Cyprus, Luxembourg has a large financial sector, whose comparatively light-touch tax and regulatory regime has long irked its much bigger neighbors Germany and France. “Germany …

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Prosecutor files felony charges against private vocational school owner

An Athens prosecutor filed felony charges against the chairman and owner of  private vocational training group IEK XYNI, his wife and his daughter. The charges brought against the Xyni family followed an investigation about forged social security clearence, debts to social insurance fund and a series of tax offenses. Prosecutor Popi Papandreou …

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Tax Authorities Investigate 1,747 Greeks on “Sudden Wealth”

Former ministers and ex members of the Parliament, journalists, doctors, lawyers, businessmen but also a former chairman of a political party are being investigated by the Greek tax authorities on suspicion of sudden (and unjustified) wealth. According to newspaper “6 Meres” the list contains names of politicians but also names …

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HOT DOC Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis Acquitted by Athens Court

 Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis has been acquitted by an Athens court on Thursday night in a trial that lasted almost ten hours. The prosecutor had raised charges against Vaxevanis for breaching privacy after he published the names of 2,000 suspected tax evaders in his magazine HOT DOC. Vaxevanis was arrested last Sunday. …

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NYT Op-Ed: Greece Arrests the Messenger

Hey! Caught red-handed and exposed even on the other side of the big river!  Renomated New York Times sharply criticized “Greece’s slow and cumbersome justice system” and “mainstream Greek politicians”: the first for showing a “stunning swiftness” to arrest investigative Kostas Vaxevanis, and the latter for “shamefully stripping the poorest and most vulnerable from …

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Big Blow to Tax Evasion: Four Cheese Pies without Receipts

Tax inspectors in Larisa managed the impossible:  a big blow against tax evaders. They held a bakery lorry carrying four cheese pies, worth four euro, without the necessary receipts or other accompanying documents. The lorry owner was fined with removal of driving license and car plates.    Most striking is that …

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