Tagged: SYRIZA

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 […]

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 […]

SYRIZA officials prevented from laying wreath at Thessaloniki university

Tensions rose at the Aristotle University in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Thursday, when representatives of SYRIZA were prevented by members of leftist movements from laying a wreath on a memorial commemorating the November 17, 1973 student uprising against the military dictatorship at the National Technical University of Athens, known as the Polytechneio. […]

Poll shows PM, gov’t popularity in free fall

The popularity of Greece’s left-wing prime minister is in free fall, according to a poll published late Monday which also showed opposition New Democracy extending its lead over ruling SYRIZA party to 15 points. According to the poll by the University of Macedonia for Skai TV, support for the conservatives is now at 30 percent, […]

Mouzalas admits errors in handling refugee crisis, defends overall record

Speaking at SYRIZA’s congress in Athens on Saturday, Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas defended the government’s handling of the refugee crisis and said the upholding of the EU-Turkey agreement would be the most important factor in Greece being able to manage the situation going forward. “We have a plan, as long as the EU-Turkey agreement […]

SYRIZA’s critical second party conference begins on Thursday

The second nationwide conference of SYRIZA is scheduled to begin on Thursday and concludes on Sunday. This will be the first party conference since prominent members such as Panagiotis Lafazanis and Zoi Konstantopoulou left the party. Although party leader Alexis Tsipras is not expecting to have his leadership challenged, various factions within the party are […]

Crucial week looms for government and SYRIZA

The government faces a challenging week, beginning on Monday when eurozone officials are to decide whether to unlock 2.8 billion euros in loans to Athens and culminating with SYRIZA’s four-day party conference starting on Thursday. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is to face his eurozone counterparts in Luxembourg for an assessment of Greece’s progress in implementing […]

MEP Chrysogonos expresses reservations over SYRIZA policies

SYRIZA MEP Kostas Chrysogonos was highly critical of the mistakes and errors of his party’s policies, ahead of a critical party conference scheduled for 13-16 October. Mr. Chrysogonos dismissed the belief that his party’s electoral win in January 2015 was the ‘first win’ for the radical Left in the 21st century and argued that calling […]

Vitsas: “The anarchist ideology is totally alien to SYRIZA”

The Alternate Minister of National Defense Dimitris Vitsas commented that SYRIZA’s political identity s “totally alien to anarchist ideology” in a Wednesday morning interview on Skai. In his interview, the Alternate Minister responded to the allegations of New Democracy President Kyriakos Mitsotakis who accused the governing party of providing cover to anarchists. “The opposition must […]

Gov’t plans to recruit 20,000 to civil service

Alongside the aim of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to overhaul the Constitution are plans to hire 20,000 civil servants, Dailyhellas understands. Of the 20,000 public servants the government is planning to hire over the next year, about half are to be recruited via the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP). The remainder are to […]

Tsipras to propose proportional representation

After a round of talks with the leaders of all the opposition parties represented in Parliament, bar Golden Dawn, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to propose that Greece’s electoral system change to one of proportional representation. Currently, the party that wins the general elections gains a 50-seat bonus. While this system has been credited […]

Tsipras expected to meet party leaders on electoral reform

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet with Greek party leaders this week to discuss potential changes to the country’s electoral law, according to reports Sunday. Tsipras is said to be in favor of a simple proportional representation system. With his government’s popularity damaged by a wave of austerity measures demanded by creditors, the premier is […]

Tsipras poised to discuss changes to electoral law

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras plans to meet opposition leaders in the coming weeks to discuss possible changes to Greece’s electoral law, Dailyhellas understands, with the government hoping that changes to the current system will be voted through Parliament by the end of next month. Tsipras is aiming to garner a supermajority of at least 200 […]

Citizens verbally abuse SYRIZA MPs

A group of outraged Greek citizens started verbally assaulting the two SYRIZA MPs, Tasos Kourakis and Triantafyllos Mitafidis who visited the city’s market as heads of a party delegation. ‘Lazy dogs, you destroyed us’, were some the phrases hurled against the two MPs. Expressing their discontent with the policies SYRIZA was adopting, they shouted at […]

Party’s human rights division against SYRIZA government

Leftist factions within the ruling SYRIZA party have released a statement denouncing the SYRIZA-controlled Ministry for Citizen Protection after it deemed the arrest of members of a leftist student solidarity group named ‘Left Unity’ was unjustified and unreasonable! The party’s division on human rights issued a statement calling for the ‘democratisation’ of the police force […]

Greek government braces for refugee violence in wake of implementing relocation deal

Migration spokesperson for the leftist SYRIZA led government Giorgos Kyritsis said the country was bracing itself for riots by refugees ahead of the implementation of the agreement to deport illegal migrants back to Turkey. Speaking to British newspaper ‘Observer’, Kyritsis said: ‘We are expecting violence. People in despair tend to be violent. The whole philosophy […]

A SYRIZA festival

Culture Minister Aristides Baltas and newly appointed Athens and Epidaurus Festival director Jan Fabre couldn’t in their worst nightmares have imagined the scale and breadth of the reaction sparked by their joint press conference to announce this year’s program of events earlier this week. It was not just the glaring absence of Greek artists from […]