Category: POLITICS

Tzanakopoulos: No agreement with creditors unless total package involved, including debt issue

Athens will not legislate new measures unless there is an overall agreement with creditors and one that includes the debt issue, the Greek government spokesman maintained on Wednesday. Spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos apparently raised the threshold for any looming agreement to finally conclude the now utterly delayed a second review of the Greek program (third bailout). […]

Mitsotakis: Courageous debt restructuring needed; ND won’t vote for any new austerity measures

Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he believes a “courageous debt restructuring” is necessary for Greece, something he said European creditors promised as far back as 2012. Speaking to a local television station on the large island of Crete, the New Democracy president also repeated that his party – which now enjoys double-digit percentage leads […]

Plans to sell of PPC power plants testing Greek gov’t cohesion

The mood in the leftist-led government was tense on Tuesday as officials and MPs are divided over the prospect of privatizing the Public Power Corporation, the latest stumbling block in negotiations with the country’s international creditors. Meanwhile, as government officials indicate that a technical-level agreement can be reached in time for a Eurogroup summit on […]

Mitsotakis: Govt now following ‘scorched earth’ policy; demands snap election

Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday told top party cadres that the leftist government in Greece is now following a “scorched earth” policy, amid still ongoing efforts to close negotiations and conclude a delayed second review of the Greek program. The New Democracy (ND) party president and former minister said snap elections would serve […]

Ex-health minister says he welcomes probe into hospital corruption

The vice president of New Democracy, Adonis Georgiadis, said on Monday that he “welcomed” an investigation into corruption at the Henry Dunant Hospital in Athens. The probe was launched after its former director Andreas Martinis made allegations about the involvement of former conservative health ministers in the sale of the hospital in 2014, including Georgiadis, […]

Remarks by President Donald Trump at Greek Independence Day Celebration

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has marked Greek Independence Day with a rather ominous message. At a White House reception, Trump said that in the years to come “we don’t know what will be required to defend our freedom.” But he says it will take “great courage, and we will show it.” Greek Independence Day […]

PM ‘isolated’ at Rome summit over bailout talks, EU statement

With uncertainty growing over dragging bailout talks, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Rome on Thursday for a European Union leaders’ summit on Saturday that aims to declare unity as Brexit looms. Although Tsipras has no planned meetings on the sidelines of the summit tomorrow, his aides indicated that he may meet some officials to […]

ND will not back new economic measures, senior official says

New Democracy will not back further austerity, a senior conservative official said Wednesday, one day after German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble suggested Greece’s political opposition needed to endorse measures after 2019, when the next Greek elections are scheduled to take place. “We shall not whitewash the government’s mistakes,” ND vice president Costis Hatzidakis told Skai […]

Tzanakopoulos: Lenders also responsible for bailout review progress

Responsibility for concluding Greece’s bailout review does not just lie with Athens, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos has said adding that lenders must respect the memorandum of understanding signed with the country. Speaking at a press briefing Wednesday, Tzanakopoulos said that Athens was looking for a comprehensive deal with creditors in April. Asked about Eurogroup chief […]

Pavlopoulos: EU would never be the same without Greece

Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Wednesday (22/03/2017) stressed the importance of creating a firm front to coordinate our actions and promote the country’s interests during the current critical times when we are faced with important challenges that will determine the long term future of Greece as well as of our great European Family in which […]

Schaeuble: Opposition must sign the new measures too

A political upheaval has started in Athens after the creditors’ demand from the Greek opposition to back the economic measures after 2019 elections. The first such statement was made by the French Finance Minister Michel Sapin. According to him, the IMF wants the country’s main opposition party, New Democracy, to practically sign the new measures. […]

SYRIZA youth asks visitors if they would steal from supermarkets!

A questionnaire handed out by SYRIZA youth to its members and visitors attending the youth conference has caused some controversy. One of the questions included in the list given to both guests and friends of the leftist party asks whether they would be willing to participate in anti-conventional actions. Specifically, the respondent is called upon […]

Bavarian state minister for finance sees ‘Grexit’

Bavarian state minister for finance and CSU cadre Markus Söder was quoted by Handelsblatt on Tuesday as predicting Greece’s eventual exit from the Euro zone, while calling on the EU to prepare a “Plan B” for the country. “In the long term, it is impossible for Greece to survive in the Euro zone,” was the […]

New Democracy leader Mitsotakis meets predecessor Meimarakis to talk tactics

Opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was to meet his predecessor Vangelis Meimarakis on Monday following reports of differences of opinion between the two on the party’s strategy and policies. Mitsotakis was due to receive Meimarakis at his office in Parliament at 12.30 p.m. Speaking to 104.9 FM earlier in the day, ND’s parliamentary spokesman […]

Greek PM heralds another corruption probe, into health

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heralded the creation of a parliamentary committee to investigate alleged cases of corruption and gross mismanagement in the Greek state health sector, which is on the brink of collapse, according to industry experts. In comments to Parliament during PM’s Question Time on Friday, Tsipras referred to “clouds gathering over the health […]

Gianni Pittella: Second review must conclude immediately

The five main principles for the Europe of the future were underlined during a meeting of the President of Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos with the president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella. On his part, Pittella said he is Greece’s strong supporter stressing the importance of the immediate […]

Group briefly occupies SYRIZA office in Patras

A group of self-styled anarchists briefly occupied the office of ruling SYRIZA in the town of Patras in western Greece on Friday. The group hanged a banner from the office on the corner of Gounaris and Al. Ypsilantou Streets, denouncing last week’s evacuation of two squats in Athens by police. They also distributed leaflets before […]