Category: POLITICS

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 […]

PM Tsipras visits Thessaloniki; focuses on social policy

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday during his visit to Thessaloniki will place emphasis on the issue of social policy. At 12.00 he will visit the Association of Parents of Children with Down’s Syndrome, a commitment he made a few days ago, when these children chanted the New Year carols. An hour later he will […]

2nd programme review will be concluded without new measures

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Saturday, in statements to Greece’s SKAI TV, expressed the government’s optimism that the second programme review will be concluded in January without new measures. He also ruled out the possibility of further pension reductions and reassured that the elections will be held in 2019. Moreover, the government spokesman said that […]

Police believe Greece’s ambassador to Brazil killed near Rio

Authorities believe that Greece’s missing ambassador to Brazil was killed at the home that his wife kept in the Rio de Janeiro area, a police investigator said Friday. Kyriakos Amiridis went missing on Monday in the city of Nova Iguacu, 25 miles (41 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro. Greece’s Embassy in Brasilia said the […]

Kremlin: Putin-Tsipras discuss Cyprus problem

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed the Cyprus reunification issue, according to a Kremlin announcement on Thursday. Aside from the Cyprus issue, a range of key international issues have been also discussed during the Putin-Tsipras phone call including the situation in Syria, the Kremlin said. Tsipras also expressed his […]

Government sending mixed signals

Just a few days after Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos sent a letter to Greece’s creditors assuring them that the Christmas bonus to low-income pensioners was a one-off gesture, Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris told a private television channel on Wednesday that the government would not hesitate to grant a similar bonus next year if there […]

Migration minister vows to improve conditions at camps

Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas vowed on Wednesday to improve living conditions for migrants stranded on the islands, boost policing and create detention centers. “We are planning to have new, small venues on the islands, either by setting up small, two-story houses, in order to empty the tents, or by finding other places… to improve […]

Parl’t reveals MPs’ assets for 2013-14

Parliament on Wednesday released the declarations of assets filed by MPs for the years 2013-14, providing eager journalists and a more jaded public with a peek into how their politicians live. In the past, the declarations have proved useful in catching out people who either did not record their assets or could not explain their […]

Parl’t reveals MPs’ assets for 2013-14

Parliament on Wednesday released the declarations of assets filed by MPs for the years 2013-14, providing eager journalists and a more jaded public with a peek into how their politicians live. In the past, the declarations have proved useful in catching out people who either did not record their assets or could not explain their […]

Cypriot President Anastasiades visits Athens on Friday

The President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades will be visiting Athens on Friday and is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The Greek and Cypriot Ministers of Foreign Affairs will also be attending the meeting. The aim of the meeting will be to discuss the developments in the Cypriot dispute.

Opposition sharply criticizes gov’t over latest assurances to creditors

The written assurances provided by Greece’s FinMin to European creditors over the weekend in order to free-up the process for finalizing short-term debt relief measures for the country generated a firestorm of criticism by the opposition, with main opposition New Democracy (ND) party referring to a “humiliating” act. Τhe center-right party, which is ahead in […]

Cyprus: No solution with Turkish troops on the island

The Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades answered to the statements of the Turkish-Cypriot leader Moustafa Akinci by saying that no solution to the Cyprus dispute is possible with Turkish troops on the island and guarantors. Earlier mr. Akinci had answered a relevant question by saying that without Turkish troops and guarantors there can be no solution. […]

Supreme Court rejects ex-finance minister’s appeal

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by former finance minister Yiannos Papantoniou and his wife Stavroula Kourakou and upheld a guilty verdict against them on charges they submitted inaccurate source of income declarations in 2008. Their appeal came after a three-member court panel sentenced the couple to two-year suspended prison terms.

PM warns EU of uncertainty, rules out elections

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday dismissed claims that he is preparing for snap elections as “nonsense” as he urged Greece’s lenders to show more flexibility or risk further instability in Europe. Speaking on the second day of his trip to Crete, which some have likened to an election campaign visit, Tsipras insisted that he […]

Greek PM douses speculation of snap vote

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s left-wing Prime Minister, on Wednesday doused speculation of a snap vote, vowing that the government will complete its four-year term. “We are still in the beginning of our four-year term, and there is still way to go. Elections will be held when they are due, in September of 2019,” Tsipras said during […]