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Editorial: A necessary cleanup

Editorial: A necessary cleanup The phone tapping affair that has raised a political maelstrom is multi-faceted. Certainly, the most important angle is that which raises issues pertaining to democracy: the privacy of the communications of a citizen, and even more so of a public figure, is a fundamental right that must be protected and that […]

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EU Wants Probe of Greece Wiretapping on Political Leader, Journalist

EU Wants Probe of Greece Wiretapping on Political Leader, Journalist The conservative government in Greece is under pressure to investigate wiretapping allegations. Credit: Public Domain The European Commission has intervened in the wiretapping scandal in Greece urging the government to investigate the revelations. By Phaedon Boukas The European Commission wants embattled Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos […]

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Acrimony over wiretapping briefing

Acrimony over wiretapping briefing The political acrimony over the wiretapping case, involving the bugging of the phone of Socialist party leader Nikos Androulakis, continued unabated on Wednesday as the issue appears to be heading for the Committee on Institutions and Transparency of the Parliament. The briefing on the case of Androulakis was at the center […]

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President weighs in on tapping case

President weighs in on tapping case Amid the political turmoil whipped up by the wiretapping scandal, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou has demanded a probe into the tapping of a party leader’s phone by the National Intelligence Service (EYP). The controversy, which surfaced last week amid rising European Union anxiety over the use of spyware software, […]

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Answers needed

Answers needed Τhe prime minister showed political reflexes regarding the deep institutional changes that are required to introduce rules and safeguards in how the country’s police and secret services operate, without leaving it weaker. It was the right follow-up to the decisions he made last Friday. Answers are now needed as to what exactly happened […]

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Wiretapping case triggers political unrest 

Wiretapping case triggers political unrest  The wiretapping case that has grabbed headlines over the last week led to the resignations on Friday of Grigoris Dimitriadis from the position of the prime minister’s secretary-general, and Panagiotis Kontoleon, the chief of the National Intelligence Service (EYP). In his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Kontoleon […]

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ASE tumbles, spooked by politics

ASE tumbles, spooked by politics The Athens Stock Exchange was rocked by political developments Friday, with both the prime minister’s secretary (and nephew) and the director of the National Intelligence Agency resigning over a case of spyware used to snoop on a journalist and, likely, on socialist leader Nikos Androulakis. Both deny any direct involvement. […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: Restoring trust in political parties

Editorial Ta Nea: Restoring trust in political parties Ruling Democracy is targeting electoral groups that are difficult to sway. Main opposition SYRIZA is seeking a plan to rebuild its ties with citizens. Regardless of political planning and how it serves electoral objectives, the overarching issue is how to restore the trust of the people in […]

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Baerbock’s visit to Greece and Turkey: Anything but harmonious

Baerbock’s visit to Greece and Turkey: Anything but harmonious Already the itinerary foreshadowed political mischief. With her trips to Greece and Turkey, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock entered a diplomatic minefield. German policy toward Ankara remains guided by the objective of preventing Turkey and Europe from drifting further apart. Tangible geostrategic interests are at stake […]

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Spyware case is potentially explosive

Spyware case is potentially explosive The attempted installation of spyware on the phones of a political party leader and a journalist has prompted parliamentary investigations and could have political repercussions. At the end of June, PASOK/KINAL leader and MEP Nikos Androulakis had sent his phone to the European Parliament’s IT services to check if it […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: Political toxicity

Editorial Ta Nea: Political toxicity The government believes that the main opposition party will attempt to create a toxic political environment in the run-up to the next general elections. For its part, the opposition maintains that the government wants to polarise the political climate in order to revive the anti-SYRIZA front. Political parties, of course, […]

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Bulgaria’s president tries to unlock political crisis

Bulgaria’s president tries to unlock political crisis Bulgaria’s president launched talks on Friday with all political parties represented in parliament to see if there was still a chance to form a government and avoid another early election. President Rumen Radev is trying to prevent Bulgaria from sliding into new political turmoil after the two main […]

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The Boris story: Ending like it started

The Boris story: Ending like it started Boris Johnson was a political phenomenon. Narcissistic. Opportunistic. A natural rebel and a divisive figure. A populist. No other British leader in recent times has been so frequently identified simply by his first name. In the end, his political career finished rather like it had begun. In the […]

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Political poison

Political poison A section of Greece’s elected politicians continue to behave as if they never suffered through the experience of seeing the country go into default. They insist on employing the same bigoted language that transforms political debate into hostile behavior. The good news is that public language of that sort is no longer mainstream. […]

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Tsipras confident ‘political change has already started’

Tsipras confident ‘political change has already started’ SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras declared that “political change has already started,” during a rally at the main square in Peristeri, western Athens.  Attendance at the rally, he said, is the “truest, most indisputable poll.”  This is the reason why Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis “does not dare call elections,” […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: Political stability

Editorial Ta Nea: Political stability The prime minister would have had many reasons to call early elections, or at least to leave open the prospect for the immediate future. As long as the war in Ukraine continues and the European economy is being tested, the fatigue and aggravation of the public will grow and the […]

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PM Mitsotakis: I will not jeopardise the country’s stability to serve my political interests

PM Mitsotakis: I will not jeopardise the country’s stability to serve my political interests The general elections will be held at the end of government’s four-year term, stated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview with SKAI radio on Thursday, underlining that early elections now with the existing problems and challenges would not be a […]

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Three scenarios for the war in Ukraine

Three scenarios for the war in Ukraine When, in February 2013, it was time to end his nearly 50-year political career, Leon Panetta, with then-President Barack Obama by his side, had remembered Harry Truman’s advice: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Panetta took the advice. He got a dog, Bravo, who […]

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War of words erupts over Novartis case

War of words erupts over Novartis case A political maelstrom was triggered on Friday after the Judicial Council of the Supreme Court ruled that former prosecutor Eleni Touloupaki must be tried by a special tribunal for abuse of power, along with former deputy justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos, over the latter’s handling of the Novartis case […]

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Bulgaria in turmoil

Bulgaria in turmoil Our neighbor Bulgaria is languishing in an endless political crisis, from which the way out is not quite visible. A few days ago, the pro-Western coalition government of Kiril Petkov collapsed, taking with it his vision of reform and cracking down on corruption, while he publicly claimed that he had been ousted […]

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Election analyst Ilias Nikolakopoulos dead at 75

Election analyst Ilias Nikolakopoulos dead at 75 Prominent political and election analyst, Ilias Nikolakopoulos, had died at the age of 75, it was announced Thursday. According to initial press reports, he developed a heart problem while on holidays on the island of Syros. Nikolakopoulos, who was also emeritus professor of Electoral Sociology at the University […]

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The broader implications of Bulgaria’s political crisis

The broader implications of Bulgaria’s political crisis Last week Bulgaria’s government collapsed after a no-confidence vote in parliament. The move comes at a delicate time – especially considering Bulgaria’s position vis-a-vis Ukraine and Russia, and its role in holding up the EU integration of North Macedonia and Albania. Following the vote of no-confidence, Bulgaria’s parliament […]

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Greece and Macron

Greece and Macron If this isn’t political shortsightedness, I don’t know what is: There are parties in Greece that are celebrating because French President Emmanuel Macron’s party did not win an absolute majority in last Sunday’s second round of legislative elections. And why are they celebrating? With the simplistic and selfish reasoning that since the […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: The political centre

Editorial Ta Nea: The political centre The results of the first round of parliamentary elections in France remind one both of the significance of the hegemony of the political centre and of the permanent danger of populism, whether on the left wing or on the right wing. Centrist forces are rallying behind French President Emmanuel […]

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Editorial To Vima: Political risk

Editorial To Vima: Political risk Ruling New Democracy in a few weeks will enter its fourth year in power, which means the country will effectively be in a pre-electoral period, especially since there have been rampant rumours of early elections for many months. Until now, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has continually been declaring that elections […]

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Andreas Siekmann | Athens | To June 30

Andreas Siekmann | Athens | To June 30 Drawing on 1920s political constructivism, Berlin-based artist Andreas Siekmann comments on the transformation of East Germany into a capitalist economy and society after the fall of the Berlin Wall in “Faustpfand, Treuhand und die unsichtbare Hand” (Pawns, Trustees and the Invisible Hand), a series from 2005. Now, […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: Reforms must be implemented swiftly

Editorial Ta Nea: Reforms must be implemented swiftly In the past, summer has been treated as a political hiatus. This summer, however, is different in all respects. Among its many obligations, this year the government has a duty to push forward reforms that require immediate attention, especially those that are part of its broader agenda […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: The power of the political centre

Editorial Ta Nea: The power of the political centre In one sense, it would appear that Greece is still governed by main opposition SYRIZA, which this time around has not allied with the now defunct Independent Greeks party, but rather with centre-left PASOK. At least that seems to be the conclusion drawn from a GPO […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: The urgent need for national unity

Editorial Ta Nea: The urgent need for national unity Political consensus in Greece often seems like a utopian concept. For the sake of partisan gain, no one seems truly prepared to take a step back from their position. Yet, if there is one circumstance in which consensus is not merely a figure of speech but […]

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Greek-Saudi approach at maximum level

Greek-Saudi approach at maximum level The political approach between Greece and Saudi Arabia has “reached 100%,” Saudi Investment Minister Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al Falih noted at the Greek-Saudi Business Forum held in Athens on Monday. “The sky’s the limit,” he added, in reference to the cooperation dynamic between Greek and Saudi businesses. He also highlighted […]

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