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Editorial To Vima: ‘Power reveals the mettle of a man’
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Editorial To Vima: ‘Power reveals the mettle of a man’

In managing the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic he positively impressed everyone with his clear judgment, the directness of his choices, and his swift reaction.

Editorial To Vima: The insurance ‘reform’
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Editorial To Vima: The insurance ‘reform’

Experts doubt whether the feasibility study on insurance system reform presents credible projections and guarantees regarding the viability of the system.

UNHCR pushes Greece to relocate migrants to mainland, says EU must shoulder its share of burden
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UNHCR pushes Greece to relocate migrants to mainland, says EU must shoulder its share of burden

UNHCR has been appealing to the Greek government to use emergency measures to expedite its plans to transfer a greater number of asylum-seekers to appropriate accommodation on the mainland.  More than 36,000 asylum seekers now in reception centres designed for 5,400 people, according to the UNHCR spokesman.

Editorial To Vima: Delusions, passions, and errors
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Editorial To Vima: Delusions, passions, and errors

SYRIZA believed that institutions were made to serve bourgeois political forces and their supposedly pernicious designs.

Editorial To Vima: Liberal populism
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Editorial To Vima: Liberal populism

There is nothing secret under the sun. The unveiling of liberal populism that exists within the ruling party formally occurred in Parliament.

Editorial Ta Nea: Return to normalcy
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Editorial Ta Nea: Return to normalcy

A barrage of draft legislation which signals the government’s outlook and overall plan will be tabled in Parliament this week.

Editorial Ta Nea: Logic
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Editorial Ta Nea: Logic

No one must forget that the electoral system must serve national and not partrisan interests.

Mitsotakis: ‘This Parliament must become the mirror of a country that is changing’
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Mitsotakis: ‘This Parliament must become the mirror of a country that is changing’

Mitsotakis maintained that lowering the primary surplus targets is feasible 'when we demonstrate in practice our reform dynamic'.

Mitsotakis receives parliamentary confidence vote
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Mitsotakis receives parliamentary confidence vote

'I am convinced that we will manage to bring the bright Greece that we all deserve,' Mitsotakis declared.

Editorial Ta Nea: Leaps
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Editorial Ta Nea: Leaps

Judging by the political programme that PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis tabled in Parliament it appears that the overarching aim of the government is to produce as soon as possible palpable results for society.

Editorial To Vima: Time and tolerance
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Editorial To Vima: Time and tolerance

The government is now obliged to present in detail its plan and programme and to implement it swiftly.

Tasoulas elected Parliament Speaker with record 283 votes in 300-seat legislature
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Tasoulas elected Parliament Speaker with record 283 votes in 300-seat legislature

A lawyer by training and a protégé of the late Evangelos Averoff, Tasoulas served as Culture and Athletics Minister in the New Democracy government of Antonis Samaras.

Questions over why ex-police chief whom Mitsotakis wanted sacked over Mati now got top ministry post
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Questions over why ex-police chief whom Mitsotakis wanted sacked over Mati now got top ministry post

During the deadly Mati wildfire, the handling of the situation by Greek Police made matters worse as policemen were telling drivers to leave from Marathonos Avenue and to head to Mati,

Editorial Ta Nea: Responsibility
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Editorial Ta Nea: Responsibility

Greece must at all costs avoid the Italian experience of governments that hang by a thread and the spectre of the country not having a government.

Kappa Research poll: high taxes, crime citizens’ top concerns, 45 percent trust government
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Kappa Research poll: high taxes, crime citizens’ top concerns, 45 percent trust government

Nearly two-thirds of respondents viewed the election result as good for SYRIZA (which garnered nearly 32 percent of the popular vote).

Editorial To Vima: Without self-deceptions
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Editorial To Vima: Without self-deceptions

It is unprecedented at least for Greece for ministers to be handed envelopes outlining the duties and targets of each ministry and to be informed that they will be constantly monitored by a team operating under the PM.

Editorial Ta Nea: Threats
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Editorial Ta Nea: Threats

The country seems to slowly be leaving the crisis behind but a state of emergency exists in various sectors which could set alight a new fire.

NYT explains how ‘underestimated’ Mitsotakis beat detractors, gained power
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NYT explains how ‘underestimated’ Mitsotakis beat detractors, gained power

'As someone who supports private enterprise and has voted in favor of L.G.B.T. rights and a less stringent approach on migration, Mr. Mitsotakis had to win over the party’s traditionalists, conservatives and right-wingers,' the report states.

Editorial To Vima: An opportunity for Mitsotakis, a lesson for Tsipras
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Editorial To Vima: An opportunity for Mitsotakis, a lesson for Tsipras

Citizens with their vote yesterday chose to have both a strong government and a strong opposition.

Reuters sees austerity, unemployment behind ND landslide
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Reuters sees austerity, unemployment behind ND landslide

Mitsotakis said in a televised address that the election outcome gave him a strong and clear mandate to change Greece.

Mitsotakis wins in landslide, to be sworn in at 1pm tomorrow
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Mitsotakis wins in landslide, to be sworn in at 1pm tomorrow

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is scheduled to be sworn in as Prime Minister by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the Presidential Mansion at 1pm tomorrow, 8 July.

Greek elections: The race for the top over the decades
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Greek elections: The race for the top over the decades

Voters historically have rallied behind the two main political parties, annihilating smaller political parties.

Marinakis welcomes political change following elections
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Marinakis welcomes political change following elections

“It is a day that takes us away from lies, hypocrisy, hatred, from a sell-out of our country, of national treachery, and all that which kept us back and has placed us and our children in debt for the coming years,” Marinakis said.

Mitsotakis seeks strong mandate to hit the ground running, has made all cabinet picks
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Mitsotakis seeks strong mandate to hit the ground running, has made all cabinet picks

The greater the aggregate percentage of the vote of parties that fail to pass the three percent threshold to enter Parliament, the lower the percentage that ND will need to clinch a parliamentary majority

Greek youth turn to New Democracy with hopes of better future
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Greek youth turn to New Democracy with hopes of better future

Mitsotakis has indeed made the youth vote a central part of his campaign, pledging to the social group with the largest percentage of unemployment well-paying new jobs and blasting the government for handing out benefits instead of backing the youth.

Editorial To Vima: The great opportunity for the economy
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Editorial To Vima: The great opportunity for the economy

Decisions must be taken swiftly to unblock investments entangled in bureaucratic red tape and to send a strong signal that errors of the recent past will not be repeated.

Editorial Ta Nea: Opportunity
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Editorial Ta Nea: Opportunity

There is an expectation that there will not be a repeat of phenomena of extreme populism that deeply wounded the country, most notably with the extension of the crisis for an extra four years.

New poll shows New Democracy may achieve single-party rule
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New poll shows New Democracy may achieve single-party rule

The new poll gives New Democracy 35.4 percent, SYRIZA 26.2 percent, the Movement for Change 8.7 percent (one percentage point above its result in the European election)

Editorial Ta Nea: Awareness
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Editorial Ta Nea: Awareness

The political system - each party in line with its role in directing the country - must exhibit maturity the day after the election.

Editorial To Vima: Take your life in your hands!
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Editorial To Vima: Take your life in your hands!

The government is lacking in credibility, especially if one takes into account the delusions and self-deceptions that characterised its term in office and the accumulated burdens created by its obvious mistakes.

Editorial Ta Nea: The path to recovery
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Editorial Ta Nea: The path to recovery

An environment of political stability is required in order for the country to ensure an unhindered path to recovery.

Voter complacency, absenteeism enemy number one for Mitsotakis
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Voter complacency, absenteeism enemy number one for Mitsotakis

'Complacency is unjustifiable and the electoral result cannot be taken for granted. We cannot allow even a single vote to be lost,' Mitsotakis told a crowd of party supporters in Alexandroupolis today.

WSJ profile outlines challenges for Mitsotakis, notes EU reaction to tax cuts uncertain
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WSJ profile outlines challenges for Mitsotakis, notes EU reaction to tax cuts uncertain

“The challenges for Mr. Mitsotakis, if elected, would include reforming a Greek state that has defied many attempted overhauls, convincing Germany and other lenders that his tax cuts will pay for themselves via better growth, and getting his own party to break with old habits of political patronage,” the report states.

Distinguished academics, politicians seek abolition of university asylum in open letter
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Distinguished academics, politicians seek abolition of university asylum in open letter

Critics of university asylum point to physical attacks against professors, the destruction of university property, and the fact that drug dealers on campuses also use the law as a shield for lawlessness.

SYRIZA raises spectre of neo-liberal bogeyman as Mitsotakis heads towards victory
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SYRIZA raises spectre of neo-liberal bogeyman as Mitsotakis heads towards victory

Tsipras’ tactic attempts to exploit anti-right wing voter reflexes that were once strong in Greek society but have waned dramatically as a citizenry battered a decade-long depression has come to believe that creditors set the overall agenda.

Mitsotakis: Second general election will be held if ND fails to get strong mandate
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Mitsotakis: Second general election will be held if ND fails to get strong mandate

'Because it will be 7 July and people have a more lax tempo, I want to call for mass participation. The result is not pre-ordained. New Democracy’s victory is not a given. The strong mandate which I seek is not a given' the ND leader said.

SYRIZA trails ND by eight percentage points in new Pulse poll
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SYRIZA trails ND by eight percentage points in new Pulse poll

Nevertheless, the poll indicates that nearly half the electorate (47 percent) wants a coalition government rather than single-party New Democracy rule.

Editorial To Vima: The silent elections and the day after
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Editorial To Vima: The silent elections and the day after

The next government will shoulder the weighty burden of returning the country to a path of security and stability, and voters expect electoral pledges to be implemented.

Editorial: Full disclosure now on Novartis fiasco
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Editorial: Full disclosure now on Novartis fiasco

Now that the Novartis scandal has boomeranged, the PM and the government are all either keeping silent or blaming the delays in the judicial process.

Movement for Change will not enter ruling coalition says Gennimata
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Movement for Change will not enter ruling coalition says Gennimata

She has lambasted PM Alexis Tsipras’ attempted shift toward Social Democracy as yet another ruse – glaring carbetbagging that aims to further pillage her party’s electoral base.

Momentum spurs hopes of single-party rule in New Democracy
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Momentum spurs hopes of single-party rule in New Democracy

ND's sweeping regional and local election victories nationwide and the fact that it prevailed in most all social groups suggest that the conservatives have absorbed the lion’s share of centrist voters.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?’

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tsipras tries to rally party brass  as SYRIZA picks up its pieces
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Tsipras tries to rally party brass as SYRIZA picks up its pieces

'We lost the battle but the war still lies ahead and we do not have the luxury or the right to retreat,' the PM said.

Editorial To Vima: Greece turns a page
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Editorial To Vima: Greece turns a page

As it turned out it was not the opinion polls that constituted fake news but rather the crude propaganda of SYRIZA and its mouthpieces.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yachtgate haunts Tsipras, ND suggests quid pro quo
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Yachtgate haunts Tsipras, ND suggests quid pro quo

At the 2018 Winter Olympics culture minister Lydia Koniordou handed IOC President Thomas Bach a personal letter signed by Tsipras requesting that his yacht hostess Katerina Panagopoulou be elected to the IOC. .

Government wins confidence vote after debate with ad hominem attacks
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Government wins confidence vote after debate with ad hominem attacks

In a result that rings alarm bells, extreme right-wing Golden Dawn, whose leaders are self-professed admirers of Hitler, placed third with 6.0 percent in an Alco poll.

Editorial To Vima: Electoral campaign cesspool
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Editorial To Vima: Electoral campaign cesspool

One is witnessing the degradation of political mores and the push to annihilate one’s political opponents, in large measure due to the scandal-mongering of the government.

Three-day SYRIZA, ND debate on confidence motion two weeks before elections
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Three-day SYRIZA, ND debate on confidence motion two weeks before elections

ND tabled the no confidence motion when Polakis attacked its European Parliament candidate Stelios Kimbouropoulos, a psychiatrist who is paraplegic, because he used affirmative action

Political maelstrom over initial coverup of Mati wildfire deaths
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Political maelstrom over initial coverup of Mati wildfire deaths

Then public order minister Nikos Toskas said today the PM had not been informed of the deaths because they had not been “officially confirmed” and that authorities were focusing on saving the living.

Editorial To Vima: The slippery slope of extreme polarisation
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Editorial To Vima: The slippery slope of extreme polarisation

It is by now patently obvious that the PM has chosen the path of extreme polarisation in order to rally his dwindling political base.

New Democracy rejects Tsipras’ challenge to Mitsotakis to hold televised Eurtoparliament election debate
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New Democracy rejects Tsipras’ challenge to Mitsotakis to hold televised Eurtoparliament election debate

Tsipras first threw down the gauntlet in Parliament and today SYRIZA spokesperson Rania Svigou reissued the invitation in a letter to New Democracy spokesperson Maria Zacharaki.

Editorial Ta Nea: Burdens
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Editorial Ta Nea: Burdens

The government should at long last show some recognition towards those parties that backed it in passing the third bailout memorandum in the summer of 2015 so as to keep the country from falling off a cliff.