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Over-taxation and the demise of the Greek middle class
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Over-taxation and the demise of the Greek middle class

'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.

Tsipras presents SYRIZA campaign platform
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Tsipras presents SYRIZA campaign platform

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.

Ex-PM Simitis urges caution over prospect of new Imia-style crisis
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Ex-PM Simitis urges caution over prospect of new Imia-style crisis

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.

Editorial To Vima: Signs of decadence
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Editorial To Vima: Signs of decadence

Citizens were left speechless by the transfers of RULING PARTY politicians’ daughters and other relatives into cozy, well-paid Parliament jobs

Editorial Ta Nea: Youth
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Editorial Ta Nea: Youth

The government kept Parliament open a bit longer to set up an unprecedented operation of unabashedly passing into law various patronage measures.

New Democracy leads SYRIZA by 10.2 percentage points in vote estimate
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New Democracy leads SYRIZA by 10.2 percentage points in vote estimate

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

A tale of two strategies: Mitsotakis runs of tax cuts, jobs, unity as Tsipras says ND spells austerity
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A tale of two strategies: Mitsotakis runs of tax cuts, jobs, unity as Tsipras says ND spells austerity

Mitsotakis is running as the man who can re-unite a country deeply divided by the polarising strategy of a ruthless tactician.

Editorial Ta Nea: Irresponsibility
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Editorial Ta Nea: Irresponsibility

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.

Editorial To Vima: Opportunists and patronage masters
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Editorial To Vima: Opportunists and patronage masters

SYRIZA has set up a cottage industry of patronage appointments in Parliament and elsewhere to benefit relatives, friends, and buddies.

EU conservatives, ND cooperate to block social relief measures PM says
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EU conservatives, ND cooperate to block social relief measures PM says

'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.

Justice minister backs down after uproar, non-consensual sex made a felony
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Justice minister backs down after uproar, non-consensual sex made a felony

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Comparisons
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Editorial Ta Nea: Comparisons

It is no coincidence that Portugal borrows with much lower interest rates than Greece, as the yield on ten-year bonds demonstrates.

Editorial To Vima: Leaving office, undermining the future
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Editorial To Vima: Leaving office, undermining the future

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.

Bank of Greece Governor calls for bad bank for NPL’s, fiscal discipline
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Bank of Greece Governor calls for bad bank for NPL’s, fiscal discipline

“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.

European Commission gives thumbs down on Tsipras’ fiscal package
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European Commission gives thumbs down on Tsipras’ fiscal package

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

Editorial Ta Nea: Changes
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Editorial Ta Nea: Changes

Citizens in the recent elections punished the government for its failure to deliver on the economy, and the reaction of markets is hardly encouraging.

Editorial To Vima: Clientelism will not save them
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Editorial To Vima: Clientelism will not save them

SYRIZA wants to secure future employment for as many associates of ministers and party cadres as it can.

Mitsotakis plans low-key campaign with town hall meetings, emphasis on social media
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Mitsotakis plans low-key campaign with town hall meetings, emphasis on social media

'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.

Markets give Mitsotakis vote of confidence, according to Handelsblatt
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Markets give Mitsotakis vote of confidence, according to Handelsblatt

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Madly irresponsible
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Editorial Ta Nea: Madly irresponsible

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.

Editorial To Vima: The price of betrayed hopes
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Editorial To Vima: The price of betrayed hopes

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.

Parliament to approve overhaul of criminal code, criminal procedure
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Parliament to approve overhaul of criminal code, criminal procedure

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 .

Moody’s maintains positive outlook for Greek banking system
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Moody’s maintains positive outlook for Greek banking system

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.

SYRIZA trails ND by 9 percentage points in poll, same as in  European election
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SYRIZA trails ND by 9 percentage points in poll, same as in European election

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Messages
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Editorial Ta Nea: Messages

It is clear that in the two rounds of regional and mayoral elections the question voters answered was, ‘Yes or no to the government?’

Marinakis calls on Piraeus residents to unite after Moralis’ re-election
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Marinakis calls on Piraeus residents to unite after Moralis’ re-election

'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.

New Democracy triumphs with nationwide victories in local elections
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New Democracy triumphs with nationwide victories in local elections

The defeat of SYRIZA-backed candidates nationwide was considered yet another harbinger of a New Democracy landslide victory in the 7 July general election.

Editorial To Vima: Sic transit gloria mundi
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Editorial To Vima: Sic transit gloria mundi

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: At the push of a button
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Editorial Ta Nea: At the push of a button

Over-taxation was a conscious choice of the government, which aimed to collect funds for electoral handouts at the end of its term.

Shock waves in centre-left: Gennimata dumps Venizelos for Kaminis
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Shock waves in centre-left: Gennimata dumps Venizelos for Kaminis

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Alarm bells
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Editorial Ta Nea: Alarm bells

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.

Editorial To Vima: The markets show the way
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Editorial To Vima: The markets show the way

After four lost years it is time to set aside ideological fixations and the ills that entrapped us in underdevelopment.

Political maelstrom over government’s decision to fill High Court posts
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Political maelstrom over government’s decision to fill High Court posts

New Democracy says the appointments in a pre-electoral period are unconstitutional.

Battle royal between government, ND over Supreme Court appointments before election
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Battle royal between government, ND over Supreme Court appointments before election

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.

SYRIZA’s Sysiphean battle, Tsipras’ last stand
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SYRIZA’s Sysiphean battle, Tsipras’ last stand

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Bombshells
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Editorial Ta Nea: Bombshells

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.

Editorial To Vima: More games with the judiciary
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Editorial To Vima: More games with the judiciary

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.

INSETE report: Direct contribution of tourism to economy rises by 13.3 percentage points in 2018
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INSETE report: Direct contribution of tourism to economy rises by 13.3 percentage points in 2018

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.

Uproar after photos of chiefs of Greek Police, Coast Guard at Tsipras campaign rally
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Uproar after photos of chiefs of Greek Police, Coast Guard at Tsipras campaign rally

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 […]

Editorial Ta Nea: Errors
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Editorial Ta Nea: Errors

The presence of the Chief of Greek Police at the main political rally of the ruling party appears to be a case of misconduct.

Editorial To Vima: They just remembered the arrogance of power
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Editorial To Vima: They just remembered the arrogance of power

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.

To Potami party leader Stavros Theodorakis to resign after garnering 1.5 percent in EU election
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To Potami party leader Stavros Theodorakis to resign after garnering 1.5 percent in EU election

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.

Marinakis top vote-getter in Piraeus City Council race with over 13,000 votes
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Marinakis top vote-getter in Piraeus City Council race with over 13,000 votes

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.

ND cadre who mocked unionist MEP who was attacked with acid expelled by Mitsotakis
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ND cadre who mocked unionist MEP who was attacked with acid expelled by Mitsotakis

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.

Greek university entrance exams may delay general election by one week
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Greek university entrance exams may delay general election by one week

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Restraint
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Editorial Ta Nea: Restraint

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

Editorial To Vima: Mr. Tsipras’ illusion
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Editorial To Vima: Mr. Tsipras’ illusion

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Elections were the only option
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Editorial Ta Nea: Elections were the only option

The government was obliged to respect the verdict of the people and immediately call parliamentary elections, thus opening a new electoral cycle.

ND relishes strong momentum as SYRIZA picks up the pieces
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ND relishes strong momentum as SYRIZA picks up the pieces

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

Greece headed for snap election after SYRIZA is trounced by ND in EU poll
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Greece headed for snap election after SYRIZA is trounced by ND in EU poll

'[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.

Lead of 9 percentage of ND over SYRIZA projected in Europarliament poll
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Lead of 9 percentage of ND over SYRIZA projected in Europarliament poll

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.

Government spokesman: Europarliament election loss not ‘strategic defeat’
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Government spokesman: Europarliament election loss not ‘strategic defeat’

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.

Exit Poll: SYRIZA trails New Democracy in European Parliament election
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Exit Poll: SYRIZA trails New Democracy in European Parliament election

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.

Editorial To Vima: Ovidian Metamorphoses
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Editorial To Vima: Ovidian Metamorphoses

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.

May 26 elections results will determine date of general election
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May 26 elections results will determine date of general election

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 wraps up campaign in Thessaloniki, blasts Tsipras on Prespes, handouts, security
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Mitsotakis wraps up campaign in Thessaloniki, blasts Tsipras on Prespes, handouts, security

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Stakes
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Editorial Ta Nea: Stakes

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.

The IMF’s admission of tragic errors in Greek bailout, the EU’s indifference
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The IMF’s admission of tragic errors in Greek bailout, the EU’s indifference

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.

Tsakalotos: ‘We cut pensions, tried to make it less painful than right-wing would’
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Tsakalotos: ‘We cut pensions, tried to make it less painful than right-wing would’

'Above all, our objective is to bolster the social economy – including agricultural cooperatives and energy communities,' the finance minister said.

Marinakis on government : ‘Liars and traitors do not change, they simply get worse’
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Marinakis on government : ‘Liars and traitors do not change, they simply get worse’

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.

Supreme Court opens the way for N17 terrorist Koufodinas’ furlough
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Supreme Court opens the way for N17 terrorist Koufodinas’ furlough

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Gangrene
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Editorial Ta Nea: Gangrene

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.

Editorial To Vima: The Europe that we wound
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Editorial To Vima: The Europe that we wound

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.

One Rouvikonas anarchist charged with felony after vandalism of Parliament
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One Rouvikonas anarchist charged with felony after vandalism of Parliament

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: No time to waste
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Editorial Ta Nea: No time to waste

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,

Editorial To Vima:  Zero tolerance for violence
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Editorial To Vima: Zero tolerance for violence

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.

Anarchist group vandalises Parliament in support of N17 terrorist
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Anarchist group vandalises Parliament in support of N17 terrorist

'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,

OECD projects slightly lower growth than Athens, wary of handouts
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OECD projects slightly lower growth than Athens, wary of handouts

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Yachts
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Editorial Ta Nea: Yachts

A government that denounces the elite does not want public opinion to know that its members enjoy the perks of the elite.

Editorial To Vima: Peddlers of hope
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Editorial To Vima: Peddlers of hope

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.

Kretsos’ luxury yacht cruise exposes government, again
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Kretsos’ luxury yacht cruise exposes government, again

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.

In reversal, Council of State rules abolition of civil servants’ bonuses constitutional
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In reversal, Council of State rules abolition of civil servants’ bonuses constitutional

The prior ruling’s rationale underlined that the benefits are integrally linked to employees’ increased expenditures during the holiday and summer vacation seasons

Editorial Ta Nea: Disappointment
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Editorial Ta Nea: Disappointment

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.