Surveillance and Qatargate threaten to overshadow budget debate

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Justice, Mitsotakis, New Democracy, Parliament, PASOK-KINAL, Police, SYRIZA, Tsipras

The scheduled debate over next year’s budget kicks off today with political parties distracted by corruption scandals at home and abroad. With governing New Democracy is bracing for further revelations stemming from the surveillance affair, third party PASOK-KINAL is in damage limitation mode after the arrest of its MEP Eva Kaili in Brussels on corruption charges.

When Finance Minister Christos Staikouras presented the draft budget three weeks ago, the last of New Democracy’s current term, he described it as a historical and deeply symbolic moment, being the first budget in 12 years to be compiled outside an MoU ...

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