Rival parties interpret Novartis settlement differently, serving own ends

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Corruption, Health, New Democracy, SYRIZA
Photo by Alex Proimos via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/bt29wL
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The decision taken by drugs giant Novartis to pay 347 mln dollars to US authorities for corrupt practices in Greece, as well as South Korea, Vietnam and China, has added more fuel to the political battle between New Democracy and SYRIZA, which has been raging over the last few days as result of graft allegations.

Novartis will pay the penalty to the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle out of court a longstanding investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As far as Greece is concerned, the Swiss pharmaceuti...

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