'The Greek middle class suffered over the last years from high contributions. Tax policy is one of the main reasons for the drop in the government’s polling numbers,' Handelsblatt reported.
The PM is arguing that only SYRIZA can ensure growth combined with a strong social welfare net, which he claims New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mistotakis will dismantle.
Turkey may consider that this period is opportune for it to impose its views on the delimitation of Greece’s territorial waters and continental shelf.
Citizens were left speechless by the transfers of RULING PARTY politicians’ daughters and other relatives into cozy, well-paid Parliament jobs
The government kept Parliament open a bit longer to set up an unprecedented operation of unabashedly passing into law various patronage measures.
In terms of voter intention of those who declared they have decided which party they will vote for, the spread between SYRIZA and New Democracy is 7.7 percentage points
Mitsotakis is running as the man who can re-unite a country deeply divided by the polarising strategy of a ruthless tactician.
He suddenly discovered extreme, conservative circles in Brussels and in the old regime in Greece which allegedly dream of a return to austerity and bailout memorandums.
SYRIZA has set up a cottage industry of patronage appointments in Parliament and elsewhere to benefit relatives, friends, and buddies.
'The result of the European election whetted the appetite of the political establishment in Greece and of extreme, conservative circles in Brussels which want to dispute our central political choices and hinder our plan,' the PM said.
The original version of the provision as tabled by the government (after lengthy inter-party consultations and consensus) stipulated that only rape with a threat to life or of physical harm was a felony.
It is no coincidence that Portugal borrows with much lower interest rates than Greece, as the yield on ten-year bonds demonstrates.
The cost of the package of measures announced by the PM is between 1.1 and 1.4 percent of GDP annually, which could exceed five billion euros over two years.
“Now that we have an improvement in the terms of borrowing for the Greek state, one should expect an improvement of the terms of borrowing for Greek banks. We may now have fewer banks, but they are stronger and the future belongs to them,” Stournaras declared.
The report underlines that in general there has been an unwelcome fiscal loosening in implementing reforms agreed to with Greece’s creditors and European partners over the last several months
Citizens in the recent elections punished the government for its failure to deliver on the economy, and the reaction of markets is hardly encouraging.
SYRIZA wants to secure future employment for as many associates of ministers and party cadres as it can.
'Mr. Mitsotakis very consciously over the last year-and-a-half opted for this new mode of communication with citizens. Instead of rallies ND organised many thematic events with a smaller audience,' a party official said.
The stock market party is a reaction to the result of the 26 May European Parliament election as New Democracy won the contest by an unexpectedly large margin, the financial daily opines.
The party that was trounced in recent elections and any political party that aspires to govern should know that citizens are no longer willing to issue blank checks.
SYRIZA’s self-proclaimed moral advantage, its promise of a renewal in Greek politics, and its putative social sensitivities were judged and renounced in an explosive manner.
It is considered the biggest revamping of the criminal code in 70 years and the aim is to establish updated crime-fighting provisions along with strong guarantees of rights .
The credit rating agency projected that the recent improved climate will lead to a hike in deposits, a gradual reduction of non-performing loans (NPLs), and improved prospects for profit.
Poll on the 7 July general election had the ruling party trailing ND by nine percentage points, nearly the identical spred as in the 26 May European Parliament election.
It is clear that in the two rounds of regional and mayoral elections the question voters answered was, ‘Yes or no to the government?’
'In that Piraeus, Piraeus Victorious, there are no winners and losers. There are only Piraeus residents and we want them by our side,' the leader of Olympiacos FC declared.
The defeat of SYRIZA-backed candidates nationwide was considered yet another harbinger of a New Democracy landslide victory in the 7 July general election.
Within three years, Tsipras led a very small party to become one of the country’s top two parties, with a good shot at gaining power.
Over-taxation was a conscious choice of the government, which aimed to collect funds for electoral handouts at the end of its term.
Kaminis is a centre-left politician who started out as the Greel Ombudsman and first gained election as Mayor of Athens in 2004 with Pasok backing and was re-elected in 2009.
The 7 July general election will be the first held in July since 1928, and wildfire protection must be discussed during the five-week campaign.
After four lost years it is time to set aside ideological fixations and the ills that entrapped us in underdevelopment.
New Democracy says the appointments in a pre-electoral period are unconstitutional.
The true bone of contention is reportedly who will serve as Supreme Court Prosecutor, as one of the candidates [Eirini Kalou] was a prosecutor in the Vatopedi Monastery land exchange case that bedeviled PM Kostas Karamanlis and New Democracy for years.
The party that went from five percent of the voted in the 2008 rose to power with 36 percent of the vote on a tsunami of rage against both a political system that led the country to bankruptcy and creditors who addressed the crisis with extremely punitive policies is pinned to the ground.
Greece has enormous capabilities. Unfortunately they are not being exploited and the results are tragic, as evidenced in the brain drain and the shrinking of the population.
With a general election campaign in full swing and a government that is collapsing SYRIZA insists on appointing the successors of the outgoing Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and its chief prosecutor.
At the peak of the tourist season employees in the hotel and food industries numbered 411,000 and accounted for 16.7 percent of employment.
The presence of Greek Police Chief Aristeidis Andrikopoulos and Coast Guard Chief Stamatis Raptis at SYRIZA rallies and political events has stirred a political maelstrom as it is a glaring violation of the country’s basic law. Article 29 (par. 3) of the Greek Constitution states that: “All types of activity for or against a political […]
The presence of the Chief of Greek Police at the main political rally of the ruling party appears to be a case of misconduct.
Because they cannot yet criticise PM Alexis Tsipras directly, SYRIZA are targeting his closest associates as if they were making the decisions on their own.
The party had cultivated a progressive reformist image with an emphasis on liberal principles, meritocracy, and a restructuring of the productive base of the economy with a focus on agriculture, renewable energy sources and tourism.
Running on the “Piraeus Victorious” ticket, Marinakis garnered a whopping 13, 215 votes, nearly six times the number of votes given to the Councilman who placed second.
Kouneva became a heroic figure of the trade unionist movement in Greece as a fervent advocate of the rights of cleaning women who provide services through outsourcing.
Sources in the Prime Minister’s office said that the government is now gearing towards the 7 July date because the nationwide Panelladikes university entrance exams will not have finished by the end of June.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has depicted himself as the protector of the poor and vulnerable and his opponent as a monster out of the Book of Revelation
Though the sense that the PM was all-powerful vanished on Sunday after the election results were made known, he does not appear to have understood that.
The government was obliged to respect the verdict of the people and immediately call parliamentary elections, thus opening a new electoral cycle.
The result is a harsh defeat for SYRIZA and a crushing defeat for PM Alexis Tsipras who single-handedly ran the campaign, criss-crossing the country and running on a class-based platform
'[The Greek people will decide] whether they want us to carry on with a plan to support the many or whether they want to return to the darkness of austerity, of the IMF, of the yesterday that we all lived through,' Tsipras said.
The apparent results represent a crushing defeat for the ruling party, the top aim of which was to limit as much as possible lead of ND.
Later the Singular Logic company that has been hired to administer the vote count projected a 9 percentage point spread between New Democracy and SYRIZA.
The exit poll results, if confirmed, would be a clear-cut strategic victoryfor ND, as both Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis framed the election as a vote of confidence in the government.
The erstwhile enemy of the bailout memorandums ended up accepting the third and worst adjustment programme and said that he did so in the name remaining in the eurozone, which until then he had blamed for all of the country’s ills.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis has said that if Tsipras is defeated in the 26 May European Parliament election “he should go to Zappeion Hall and announce his resignation and declare that elections will be held in four weeks”.
Mitsotakis has vowed to abolish university asylum, to clean up Exarcheia, and to abolish furloughs for those serving multiple life sentences, such as the former N17 terrorist group’s top gun, Dimitris Koufodinas.
Clearly, Tthe European Parliament elections it is not merely an opinion poll as the prime minister declared in order to downplay the significance of the electoral result.
In the framework of an evaluation of the bailout programmes that were implemented between 2008 and 2017, the Executive Board of the Fund has in many instances pinpointed important miscalculations and omissions.
'Above all, our objective is to bolster the social economy – including agricultural cooperatives and energy communities,' the finance minister said.
The leader of Olymiacos categorically dismissed rumours and scenarios that he is interested in entering the fray of national politics and declared that his sole passion is the Red and Whites.
Now the Volos Judicial Council will meet again with a new composition to re-examine the request, and it is considered highly likely that it will be granted.
It is sad to think that despite the fact that the Education Minister Gavroglu has taught as a university professor in Greece he has learned nothing about the problems that have beset Greek universities.
Although the European Union was organised as a post-national structure, it did not manage to transcend the nationalisms that left a deep mark on European history.
Greek Police are aware of the identity of a number of members, including a leading figure who has a Facebook account and writes on an anarchist website.
The government has not learned that the dangers of nature cannot be confronted with on-camera show conferences or with news conferences with painted wildfires,
The government’s toleration of the anarchist group Rouvikonas until now proves that it has not curbed the group’s activity but instead has made it more dangerous.
'These types of actions against Parliament and any interpretation that sanctifies them are undemocratic and contribute nothing to social struggles which should and do evolve in a different manner,' Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis said,
The report underlined that delays in reforms designed to improve the investment climate, competitiveness and the situation with Greek banks pose the danger of a downward slump in the projected rise in investment.
A government that denounces the elite does not want public opinion to know that its members enjoy the perks of the elite.
With PM Alexis Tsipras donning the cloak of protector of the poor and punisher of the elite, promises, handouts, and divisive tactics are the order of the day.
Tsipras had foreshadowed the revelation when in defending his own cruise during a recent television interview he declared that he has no problem if any of his ministers had also taken cruises.
The prior ruling’s rationale underlined that the benefits are integrally linked to employees’ increased expenditures during the holiday and summer vacation seasons
The government fell as low as to try just a few days before elections to fool a segment of society that deserves the utmost respect – senior citizens.