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Prespes Agreement vote postponed for Friday, protesters outside Parliament

The voting for the Prespes Agreement has been postponed for 2:30 on Friday, Jan 25, Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis announced late on Thursday. The vote was scheduled to take place when the speakers would conclude, that is sometime between Thursday midnight and early Friday morning. However, given the fact that …

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Gov’t prepares legislation to grant voting right to Greeks living abroad

The Greek government is determined to proceed with the legislation that will grant voting right to Greeks living abroad. The government hopes to make it possible for Greeks abroad to vote at the next parliamentary elections expected to take place in October 2019 – if nothing unexpected like snap elections …

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Referendum time: Citizens in FYROM vote for country’s future and Prespes deal

Polls opened early Sunday morning and the citizens of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are called to decide on the country’s future. In a landmark referendum they decide  whether to accept the historic deal between FYROM and Greece, the Prespes Agreement. Voting YES, the citizens of FYROM agree that …

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Gov’t takes first steps for Greek expats to vote in elections

Interior Minister Panos Skourletis submitted an amendment to the Greek Palriament on Friday calling for the establishment of a 12-member committee to explore the voting options for Greeks living abroad.  The committee will have to record and evaluate the situation regarding Greek voters living abroad as well as parameters (institutional, …

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Greek Parliament decides to probe 10 politicians in alleged Novartis bribery case

After a plenary debate that lasted 18 hours, the majority of Greek lawmakers voted in favor of setting up a parliamentary committee to investigate two former prime ministers and eight former ministers over allegations of bribery and money laundering by Swiss drugmaker Novartis. Majority of votes was received by EU …

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The “mother of all battles” in Greek Parliament as lawmakers will vote on Novartis inquiry

The mother of all political battles started at 9 o’ clock Wednesday morning in the plenary of the Greek Parliament. Lawmakers will have to vote and decide whether there is sufficient evidence to conduct preliminary inquiry and prosecute two former prime ministers and eights ex ministers allegedly involved in the …

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Greece’s lawmakers vote in favor of omnibus bill as leftist protesters clash with police (videos)

Monday evening Greek Parliament, Syntagma Square in downtown Athens: Inside the Plenary the leaders of political parties argue on the omnibus bill with the prior actions the government brought for voting. Outside the building, unions protest the bill in general, the provisions on strike and the cuts in children allowances …

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Athens protests: Clashes with police short before government votes more austerity

On the second day of anti-austerity protests, anti-authoritarians clashed with police outside the Parliament in Athens, short before the left-wing/nationalists coalition government voted for more austerity measures. Thousands unionists, students, members of leftist parties, engineers, lawyers and unemployed and self-employed flocked outside the Greek Parliament on Thursday afternoon to protest …

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Pensioners defy rain to protest cuts, as unions call on new anti-austerity rally May 18/2017

Hundreds of pensioners defied the rain and took to the streets to protest the new austerity package to be voted Thursday night at the Greek Parliament. With umbrellas and raincoats, they joined their voices to prevent more austerity measures threatening to put their survival at risk. Holding banners and chanting …

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Plenary of Greek parliament expels Golden Dawn from austerity bill debate

The Plenary of the Greek Parliament  decided on Wednesday to expel the parliamentary group of extreme right-wing Golden Dawn after the incident two days ago. The Golden Dawn group will not be able to participate in the debates on the omnibus bill containing the new package of austerity measures 2018-2021. …

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Portugal wins Eurovision 2017, Greece lands 19th in 26 countries total

Portugal won the 62nd competition of Eurovision 2017 with a love ballad. Portugal won the Eurovision  for the first time in the history of the contest. Salvador Sobral, 27, won with his love ballad Amar Pelos Dois, which was written by his sister. He said on receiving the trophy: “We …

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Greece’s Parliament to vote for the additional austerity measures on May 18

The additional austerity measures for 2019-2020 the Greek government agreed upon with the country’s creditors will be brought to Parliament on May 15 for debate. A vote by the Plenary will take place on May 18 2017, just four days before the crucial Eurogroup meeting on May 22. Parliament President …

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Greece to probe corruption in health sector worth €85billion

Greece’s parliament on Wednesday voted to open an investigation into alleged health scandals and corruption going back two decades, involving bribes and inflated prices for medical equipment and medicine. A broad majority of 187 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament approved a government proposal to look into suspected mismanagement between 1997 …

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Greece: Demy and This Is Love go Eurovision 2017 in Kiev

Greece has decided: Demy and the song This Is Love will represent Greece in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The national finals were held on Monday at the studios of state broadcaster ERT in Athens.  The decision was determined through televoting by Greek public …

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European Parliament voted to freeze accession talks with Turkey

The members of the the European Parliament voted on Thursday in favor of  a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Turkey because of Ankara’s “disproportionate” reaction to July’s failed coup. Members of the European Parliament voted solidly in favor of a non-binding motion urging the European Commission and national …

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