Category: POLITICS

The government will not accept new measures, gov’t spokesman reiterates

The government has reiterated that it will never accept the legislation of new measures, State Minister and government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in an interview with Kontra Channel. “The 4.5 billion euro measures will not be made acceptable,” he underlined. Tzanakopoulos said that the government aims at a decision during the January 26 Eurogroup that […]

Tsipras phone contacts with Guterres, Juncker over Cyprus negotiations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday spoke separately by phone with the new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with discussions focusing directly on the latest negotiations aimed to find a solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem. A renewed multi-party conference will resume this week in Geneva. According […]

Thousands of municipal contract workers to be hired permanently

The government plans to introduce an amendment that will allow thousands of municipal contract workers to be hired on a permanent basis via the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP), Minister of State Christoforos Vernardakis said in an interview Monday. The move follows an amendment included in a zoning bill that was passed in […]

Minister says no plans to settle Aegean islets

Deputy Shipping Minister Nektarios Santorinios says there are no plans to create infrastructure or settle people on uninhabited islets in the Aegean Sea as part of the government’s plans to develop them. His comments were made in the aftermath of Turkey’s reaction to the government’s announcement last week of its intention to conduct environmental and […]

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on Friday, Ankara’s unwillingness to be constructive in the bid for a solution. “We told them clearly. When it […]

Schaeuble comments on possible IMF exit spur debate

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s suggestion in comments to a German newspaper that the potential withdrawal of the International Monetary Fund could necessitate a renegotiation of Greece’s bailout spurred speculation on Friday both here and abroad. “A solution within the European currency system” would be an alternative if the International Monetary Fund “decided for some reason […]

Maximos Mansion reacts to Schaeuble IMF comments

Continuing Greece’s program without the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or without funding from the Washington-based institution could help break the deadlock caused by disagreements between the institutions, sources from Maximos Mansion said Friday. According to the same sources, the idea that the Greek program can be adequately supervised by European institutions alone is “welcome, as […]

Potami down to seven MPs as Achmet leaves party

MP Ilchan Achmet announced Friday he was leaving the centrist To Potami party. The move leaves the party of Stavros Theodorakis with seven deputies. In a statement Achmet said he believed in the creation of a big centrist party informed by the values of democracy and social justice that would serve the need for reforms […]

Former Greek PM Papandreou returns to PASOK

Former Socialist prime minister George Papandreou and Fofi Gennimata, the leader of Democratic Alignment (the new name for PASOK), on Thursday announced that they were joining forces. The Movement of Democratic Socialists (KIDISO), launched by Papandreou two years ago, will essentially merge with PASOK, according to the announcement, which noted that the only way for […]

Greece sees chance for ‘just and viable’ solution to Cyprus issue

Greece is committed to resolving the decades-long division of Cyprus and its prime minister will join talks in Geneva this week if there is a willingness by all sides to agree on security concerns. The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders sat down to reunification talks in Geneva on Monday after 18 months of intensive peace […]

Mitsotakis: Tax cuts without prior approval of creditors

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) president Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday emphasized that if elected prime minister his government will proceed with tax cuts for businesses and self-employed professionals without the prior approval of institutional creditors. Mitsotakis, a former minister, spoke on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of his internal party election victory to assume […]

ND chief, ex-PM on ‘target list’ found in Roupa safe house

New Democracy chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his predecessor Antonis Samaras were on a list of possible targets found in the safe house of fugitive urban guerrilla Pola Roupa, authorities said on Tuesday. In addition to the opposition leader and the former prime minister, the handwritten list discovered by investigators after Roupa’s arrest also contains the […]

Cyprus leaders seek deal in ‘historic opportunity’ for peace

The leaders of both sides of ethically divided Cyprus have sought to temper hopes of a swift breakthrough in unification talks that started on Monday, initially focusing on how to handle property disputes stretching back more than 40 years. Hoping to succeed where others failed Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci […]

In letter to Tsipras, Verhofstadt appeals against extradition of Turkish officers

In a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Parliament’s Liberal group, appealed against the prospect of Greece extraditing eight Turkish military officers whose fate is to be decided by the Greek Supreme Court this week. Underlining the need to “preserve and fully respect the fundamental European values and […]

Critical week ahead for Cyprus

Authorities in both Greece and Cyprus sought to give positive signals over the weekend about the prospects for a resolution to the longstanding division of the island ahead of a landmark multiparty summit scheduled to take place on Thursday in Geneva even though the meeting is expected to launch an open-ended procedure that could last […]

Tsipras sends firm message to Ankara during annual ceremony

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday sought to send a message of unity during the annual Blessing of the Waters ceremony while sending a clear message to Ankara that Greece remains determined to protect its borders. In a speech in Alexandroupolis, Tsipras said he extended a message of “friendship toward all peoples,” noting that Greece […]

Tsipras to discuss Cyprus with Pavlopoulos ahead of Geneva summit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was expected to meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing Cyprus issue ahead of a crucial summit meeting in Geneva on January 12. The meeting is set to take place at the Presidential Mansion at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Thursday […]

Democratic Alignment brings Gerovasili’s case in the Parliament

Democratic Alignment’s MPs have brought the case of minister Olga Gerovasili in the Parliament with an official question they submitted today. In their question they are asking for all the relevant documents and contracts that the minister have signed with the State and they ask the ministers of Health and Economics if these contracts will […]