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Greek anti-racist bill: say the right things, or else...
The development of the so-called anti-racism bill is easy to trace. It first evolved from a 'framework decision' made by the European Council in 2008 which called on member states of the European Union to adopt stricter measures against offences committed with racist motives.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Coalition replaces eight lawmakers before ENFIA ballot
The amendments made to the contentious single property tax narrowly passed through Parliament on Thursday but only after the government replaced eight of its lawmakers. The coalition insisted that almost all of the replacements were made because deputies could not attend the vote rather than because they intended to oppose the government legislation.
Slow or sudden death?
The New Democracy-PASOK coalition government has allowed Alexis TsiprasA's SYRIZA party to emerge as the force that shapes domestic policy. Expressions of disobedience from within the coalitionA's ranks toward the troika are becoming something of a daily occurrence, while calls for an end to international fiscal supervision are frequent and normally come from Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Nikolopoulos apologizes for 'extreme' tweet, defends homophobic views
An independent Greek deputy who insulted Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Twitter on Wednesday apologized for his A'extremeA' language, but he said the sentiment remained. In a letter sent to Bettel this week, Nikos Nikolopoulos, a former New Democracy lawmaker and vice president of the right-wing Union for the Homeland and the People, said he was sorry about the comment adding that it did not reflect his A'usual manners.A' A'However, I will not apologize for my solid and straightforward views which triggered my electronic message,A' said Nikolopoulos who described himself as a longtime defender of the values of the nation, religion and family.
EC appointments please Athens
Athens greeted the news that outgoing Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos had, as expected, clinched the migration and home affairs portfolio on the new European Commission and that former New Democracy MEP Margaritis Schinas was named the European Union executiveA's chief spokesman with satisfaction on Wednesday. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said it was an A'exceptional honor for Greece and an important sign of the trust in our countryA' from the recently appointed Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that Avramopoulos was given such a high-profile post.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Tsipras sees national polls in early 2015
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has once again indicated that his leftist party will try to trigger early national elections in Greece by blocking the conservative-led governmentA's nomination for a new President of the Republic. A'In the begging of 2015 we will have elections,A' Tsipras said in an interview with CNBC in Como, Italy, predicting that the New Democracy/PASOK government will find it very hard to get the minimum of 180 votes it needs to elect someone to succeed current President Karolos Papoulias.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
The Raw Story
New Greek laws do little to stop surge in racist, homophobic violence
Nearly three years after it was first brought to parliament, Greek MPs are poised to pass an anti-discrimination bill which human rights groups say still falls far short of dealing with an epidemic of racist and homophobic violence in the country. Before this week's vote, gay rights protesters have taken to the streets to denounce the conservative-dominated government's refusal to extend protective rights, including domestic partnerships, to same-sex couples.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
Hellenic News of America
From Democracy to Servitude: Greece and the West, 2014
This summer marked the fortieth anniversary of the fall of the military junta that had ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974.
Tax relief measures for monks, monasteries
An amendment introduced by 16 New Democracy MPs offering tax relief to monks and monasteries was accepted by Education and Religious Affairs Minister Andreas Loverdos on Wednesday.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
Giorgos Stylios named new deputy education minister
New Democracy MP Giorgos Stylios has been appointed deputy education minister after Costas Koukodimos resigned on Monday, citing personal reasons.
Mon Sep 01, 2014
Deputy Education Minister quits for 'personal reasons'
Deputy Education Minister Costas Koukodimos resigned from his post on Monday citing personal reasons while reports indicated that his struggling businesses in Pieria, northern Greece, were the actual reason for his departure.
Fri Aug 29, 2014
New Democracy aims to ease tax burden, attack SYRIZA's policies as...
New Democracy is to follow a two-pronged strategy in the coming days as it attempts to win over voters by pledging to tend to their tax concerns while also mounting a campaign to discredit SYRIZAA's economic policy proposals.
Thu Aug 28, 2014
Greek MP Nikolopoulos insults Luxembourg PM on Twitter
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel took to Twitter on Thursday to insist that relations between him and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and between the two countries A'are perfectA' after being on the receiving end of a homophobic tweet from an independent Greek MP.
Wed Aug 27, 2014
ND gains one deputy as ousted MP sworn in Lamia mayor
Independent deputy Nikos Stavrogiannis on Wednesday resigned from Parliament in order to be sworn in as mayor of Lamia, central Greece.
Fri Aug 22, 2014
New Democracy should look to center ground, says Mitsotakis
Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed opposition on Friday to New DemocracyA's apparent plans to bring back into the fold politicians who had left the party in the past and went on to be part of what he termed A'populistA' parties.
Hardouvelis ready to make changes to property tax after MP talks
Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis held talks on Friday with concerned New Democracy and PASOK MPs and pledged to make changes to the unified property tax that would reduce the burden on taxpayers.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Report: 'Greek police under orders to leave neo-Nazis alone'
A former member of Golden Dawn who will also testify in the trial of party MPs and supporters has told a US-based rights group that the police were under orders not to trouble neo-Nazis.