Category: POLITICS

Tsipras: The government integrated 2.5 mln people without social security to the public health system

Despite the suffocating fiscal framework, we managed to integrate 2.5 million people without social security to the public health sector, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday (17/03/2017) during the hour of the Prime Minister in Parliament. During the crisis, the public health suffered a cruel attack {…}, however, the funds for the health sector […]

German media report: Booby-trapped parcel sent to finance ministry in Berlin sent from Greece

According to exclusive information cited by Märkische Allgemeine, the parcel reportedly lists a sender with an address in Greece, while a Greek postal stamp was also visible – or so the report maintains. The suspicious package was detected in the ministry’s mail room, containing an “explosive mixture”, the German media reports claim. A source quoted […]

Dutch elections: 33 seats for Rutte, 20 for Wilders

The winner is the center-right current Prime Minister Mark Rutte whose VVD political party gets 33 seats and a percentage of 21,3%. In the second place we see Geert Wilders, who increased his party’s strength but did not manage to come first, as the polls up until the Dutch-Turkey crisis suggested. His party PVV gets […]

Gov’t fears backlash as it scrambles to wrap up bailout talks

Wednesday’s elections in the Netherlands will mark yet another missed deadline for the government as it had aimed to conclude the second review of Greece’s third bailout before major European countries head to the polls, as the results could narrow the path to a deal even further. But the government also appears set to miss […]

Not one euro more of austerity, gov’t spokesman Tzanakopoulos says

The programme review will be concluded for the first time without additional fiscal cost, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in an interview with public broadcaster ERT TV. He underlined that as important it is to have the programme review concluded as soon as possible, it is equally important to reach a comprehensive agreement right now. […]

EU condemns inflammatory Turkish rhetoric in statement

In a joint statement, High Representative of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Francesca Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn called on Turkey to refrain from escalating tensions further and lower the tones. In the statement the two EU officials expressed their support to the EU-member states […]

Tsipras counterpoints Europe of ‘multiple speeds’ to Europe of multiple options’

Europe needs to begin a dialogue and make bold decisions in order to protect its cohesion and avoid degenerating into little more than a free-trade zone, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday (13/03/2017), in an article published by the Greek newspaper “Efimerida ton Syntakton” under the title “Europe of ‘multiple speeds’ or ‘multiple […]

EIB President to arrive in Cyprus on Monday

The European Investment Bank President, Werner Hoyer is expected to discuss further cooperation with between Cyprus and the EIB during his visit to the island on Monday. On Friday an official press release noted that Hoyer will hold a series of meetings with President Nicos Anastasiades and Finance Ministry officials. On Monday, the President of […]

IMF’s Thomsen: Reforms not enough, Greek debt still unsustainable

The IMF’s leadership continued to emphasize the point that Greece’s debt, under current conditions, is not sustainable, with the Fund’s European department director, Poul Thomsen, adding that reforms are not enough. Speaking at an Atlantic Council panel discussion over the weekend, he said debt relief combined with the implementation of structural reforms are necessary. Additionally, […]

Mitsotakis tours Oenorama 2017 exhibition, promises to scrap unpopular tax on wines

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) president Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday toured the 2017 Oenorama exhibition of Greek wines, where he referred to his party’s commitment to the country’s viticulture and vinification sector. “Commitment” in this case is ND’s opposition, and Mitsotakis’ pledge, to abolish a special consumption tax on wine imposed by the leftist Greek […]

Prospects for deal in bailout talks get more distant

After yet another round of inconclusive bailout talks in Athens, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he believed a comprehensive deal with creditors could be reached by April while taking a dig at the International Monetary Fund over its tough stance on labor rights. In comments to reporters at the end of a summit of European […]

ND blasts Turkey for unacceptable statement against Greek President

Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy (ND) harshly criticised the Turkish Foreign Ministry for its unacceptable and demeaning statement against Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. “The unacceptable statement and the unfounded claims that accompany it reveal irritation and and intention to create tensions”, ND said. ND’s statement continues by stressing that the interpretation of international law […]

Envoys leave without deal, Merkel slams Greece over refugee response

Representatives of Greece’s international creditors were expected to leave the capital on Friday without having reached an agreement with government officials on contentious issues including pension reform and overhauls to labor rights and the tax system. Despite the insistence by European officials that a conclusion of the bailout review is unlikely before May, the Greek […]

Tsipras shifts focus to Constitution

As government officials sought Tuesday to play down expectations of a swift conclusion to a dragging bailout review, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared the launch of a public consultation on a revision of the Constitution in an apparent attempt at distraction tactics. Sources close to the ongoing negotiations between government officials and envoys representing Greece’s […]

House speaker defends reduction of politicians’ solidarity tax

House speaker Nikos Voutsis on Tuesday defended a provision that will see politicians paying up to 2,000 euros less a year for the so-called solidarity tax. “This provision was part of the tax law that was presented to Parliament and was not the result of demands from lawmakers or other political staff,” Voutsis said. “It […]

Kotzias will meet with Tillerson on March 13th

The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will have a meeting with Rex Tillerson on March 13th in Washington. The meeting is a very good opportunity for Athens to express its concerns about the Turkish dangerously provocative stance of the last months and to promote its positions on a series of issues and especially […]

Whoever compromises with Syriza will be left behind

The leader of the Greek main opposition party “New Democracy”, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, attacked the Greek government in his speech to his shadow government earlier today. “The celebrations of February 20th were proven to be lies and they mock the Greek people. The delay in the evaluation is catastrophic for the economy”, he stated. He also […]

SYRIZA MP admits comment that ERT TV is ‘tragic’ was exaggerated

SYRIZA parliamentary spokesman and lawmaker Nikos Xydakis on Monday admitted to having exaggerated when he said that the state-run ERT broadcaster is “tragic.” “I respect and honor ERT,” Xydakis said on a Monday morning television talk show responding to criticism of his comments, made on Sunday at the Delphi Economic Forum. In the panel discussion […]