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Tsipras tries alliance of Social-Democrats, Greens and the Left ahead of EU elections

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tries to build a broader alliance among the progressive forces of Europe, ahead of the EU elections in May 2019. “Social Democrats and the Left must meet on the basis of a progressive plan for the 21st century in Europe,”Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said addressing the …

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Ecumenical Patriarch concerned about the Tsipras-Ieronymos agreement

For two hours Educations and Religious Affairs Minister Costas Gavroglou was briefing Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul about the recent agreement between the government and the Greek Orthodox Church of Greece. I twas the second time within two days, the Ecumenical Patriarch was receiving a briefing by Greek officials on …

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PM Tsipras explains how to finance salaries of 10K priest and 10K civil servants

The announcement that 10,000 new civil servants will be hired after 10,000 priest will be removed from the state payroll has created a lot of confusion. How will Tsipras will finance the wages for so many civil servants if the state will keep subsidizing the priests wages? In an interview …

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Austerity cuts: Tsipras to return €820mn to special categories of civil servants

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that certain groups of civil servants will receive retroactive a total of €820 million net for wage cuts during the economic crisis and the bailout agreements. The total amount is €1.4 billion gross including taxes, social security and pension contributions. The money will be paid …

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Greece’s priests declare “Holy War” for losing civil servant status

Priests are fuming over the change of their labor status that was announced on Tuesday after a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos. According to the joint declaration of the Greek State and the powerful Greek Church, priests will no longer …

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Tsipras, Archbishop Ieronymos agree on Joint Fund for Church Property exploitation

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and leader of Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Ieronymos met on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the crucial Constitutional Revision. The poilitical and spiritual leaders of Greece agreed to set up a Joint Fund for the Exploitation of Church Property. Furthermore, they seem to have agreed on the …

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Tsipras pushes for Constitutional Revision with letter to opposition leaders

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is determined to proceed with the long-planned Constitutional changes in the country. Seeking a broader political and social consensus, he calls on opposition parties to support the ambitious plan. “The initiative to revise the Constitution is a mature demand, not only of Greek society but also …

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Tsipras seeks broader political consent to extension of Greece’s territorial waters

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Alexis Tsipras is seeking broader political consent on the extension of Greece’s territorial waters from currently 6 to 12 miles from the coastline. In this sense, he decided to skip the option of Presidential decrees and seek approval of the Parliament. According to original plans, …

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Tsipras: EU Commission approved Greek budget without pension cuts

The European Commission has approved Greece’s first post-bailout draft budget without requiring the implementation of legislated pension cuts, the Greek prime minister said on Saturday. “The European Commission approved the Greek budget without pension cuts after eight years of austerity,” Tsipras said, calling the development a “success”. There has been …

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Zaev wins FYROM’s name change vote and sets Greece’s coalition on fire

The Parliament of FYROM approved the proposal to start the process to rename the country’s name into “North Macedonia.” The voting Friday midnight was just the first but important step on the way to NATO and European Union accession. However, the process is lengthy before FYROM can ratify the Prespes …

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Prosecutor investigates leakage of Foreign Ministry “secret funds” distribution

The head of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Athens First Instance Court Court has launched an investigation into the leakage of information with regards to the latest distribution of  “secret funds” by the Foreign Ministry. A day after the resignation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, a news website published information …

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Tsipras asks Ministers’ commitment “to not bring down the gov’t over Macedonia”

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has asked the government ministers to commit themselves to not bring down the government on the Macedonia name issue. Tsipras was addressing a cabinet meeting of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government on Tuesday, with his junior partner Panos Kammenos to insist in not supporting the Prespes Agreement. …

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SYRIZA at odds with coalition partner Kammenos over unilateral steps in foreign policy

Without mentioning the name of his junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos, Prime Minister Alexisi Tsipras sent a clear message to Defense Minister saying that there is no alternative plan to the Prespes Agreement with FYROMand that those who are not in charge should not….. Speaking at the convention of SYRIZA …

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