Category: POLITICS

Tsipras vows to fight corruption, blames predecessors

Eradicating graft is top priority of the government, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Friday adding that the SYRIZA-led administration had the “moral high ground” to deal with the problem. Responding to a question in Parliament by Stavros Theodorakis, leader of the centrist To Potami party, the leftist premier said that widespread corruption was the result […]

Pittella: Schaeuble trying to destabilize Greece

Gianni Pittella, the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) chief in the European Parliament has reacted to remarks by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble earlier this week that Greece would have to leave the eurozone if it failed to meet its bailout commitments. “Schaeuble likes to play with fire whenever Greece is concerned. Athens has made considerable […]

The effort to combat corruption has borne fruit, Digital Policy Min Pappas says

The effort to combat corruption, namely the interdependence of the banking and political system with the media, has borne fruit, Minister for Digital Policy and Telecommunications Nikos Pappas said on Thursday (09/02/2017) in an event organised by SYRIZA party. “This interdependence created a non-viable reality,” Pappas said citing the example of TV channels with 1.5 […]

Greece holds back on finalizing strategy in talks with creditors

The government is waiting for a move from Greece’s creditors to break the deadlock in frozen bailout negotiations, Kathimerini understands, as European officials indicate that very little progress has been achieved since last month’s Eurogroup. Although Greek officials say they are keen to secure the resumption of talks, the lack of any concrete action means […]

Tsipras: Government aims at enhancing social policy

A critical debate on all issues was held during SYRIZA’s political secretariat meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, according to sources. The same sources said that there was only a brief discussion on the programme review as nothing has changed regarding the positions of the party and the government. The prime minister reiterated the […]

Tsipras on two-day visit to Ukraine

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras traveled to Ukraine for a two-day visit Wednesday. He was expected to meet with government officials and representatives of the Greek community. On Tuesday, Germany and NATO underscored their commitment to beefing up the defense of eastern Europe’s border with Russia as the first of four new batallions under the […]

Larissa MP quits To Potami, leaving centrists with six seats

A lawmaker with To Potami on Tuesday announced his resignation, leaving the centrist party with six seats in the 300-seat House. Larissa MP Constantinos Bargiotas wrote a letter to party leader Stavros Theodorakis expressing his disappointment with the party’s “failure to produce policy.” He described To Potami as a party that “has been left without […]

As gov’t, ND clash over Paris trip, L’Oreal confirms meeting with PM

As officials of the government and the main opposition New Democracy continued to trade barbs over allegations by ND that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras used the prime ministerial jet for a private visit to Paris, a spokesperson for L’Oréal told Kathimerini that Tsipras had a “private” meeting with L’Oréal Paris executives. In her comments to […]

ND: Tsipras took family jaunt to Paris on state’s ‘dime’: Govt says ND leader failed to declare property in French capital

The latest political mêlée between the ruling party and the main opposition in Greece revolves around the same city, Paris, with rival New Democracy (ND) party charging that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras used the a state-owned corporate jet to take a junket to the French capital last week. Conversely, the leftist government on Monday called […]

Greek minister: Hunger strike by refugees/migrants at reception center ‘fake news’

Greece’s migration policy minister on Monday refuted reports of a hunger strike by up to 500 Mideast refugees and Third World would-be migrants at a reception center in southern coastal Athens, blaming local NGOs for spreading “fake news.” “The so-called hunger strikers prevented the entrance of vehicles bringing food,” Yannis Mouzalas told reporters outside the […]

Leading candidate for US envoy to EU: ‘Strong reason for Greece moving away from euro’

US President Donald Trump’s choice for America’s ambassador to the European Union told Bloomberg over the weekend that there’s a “very strong reason for Greece moving away from the euro”. Well-known academic and business consultant Ted Mallock added that although he’s not “privy” to the IMF’s view on the Greek program, he has had discussion […]

German government says it’s united on need to stabilize Greek economy

The German government said on Friday it remained united on the need to stabilize the Greek economy despite a report indicating divergent views between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democratic coalition partners. Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer declined comment on a newspaper report that Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had suggested easing a requirement for Athens […]

Voutsis: It is in everyone’s interest to close the negotiation as soon as possible

It is in everyone’s interest to close the negotiation as soon as possible, the President of the Parliament Nikos Voutsis on Friday (03/02/2017) said in an interview with Naftemporiki newspaper. “I think that the next few days, until February 20, the signal will have been given for Greece’s participation in the quantititave easing programme (QE),” […]

Germany’s Gabriel condemned Berlin’s handling of Greece in letter

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised the German government’s handling of Greece in a letter he wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel last month, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Handelsblatt newspaper said Gabriel – who swapped the Economy Ministry for the Foreign Ministry last week – had expressed his “great concern” about the talks on Greece’s […]

ND: Leftist govt sold-off rail operator for price of taxi app

A battle of “communiqués” erupted late this week between the leftist government and the center-right main opposition, with the latter on Friday charging that it was Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who “was begging for the IMF’s assistance” back in the summer of 2015. The main opposition New Democracy (ND) also took at swipe at the […]

Government mulling difficult compromise

The government is keeping its cards close to its chest over the steps it will take until Monday, when the International Monetary Fund publicizes its report on the sustainability of Greece’s debt. Despite the fact that negotiations with creditors have picked up again on all levels, Greece’s economic team is reportedly waiting for the IMF […]