Tsipras challenges Mitsotakis as probe into scandal rekindles rivalryPoliticsGreek Politics
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has challenged Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to take him to a special court in connection to the handling of the Novartis case when the left-wing party was in power.
Latest Novartis clash signals deeper battle over role of judiciaryPoliticsGreek Politics
The Novartis affair has resurfaced to disrupt the relative calm in Greek party politics, with New Democracy accusing SYRIZA of trying to cover up its attempts to tarnish its political opponents with made-up corruption claims and the opposition claiming that the government is trying to pervert the course of justice.
Perceived corruption in Greece wanes but remains above global averageSociety
Greece was among 22 countries which showed an improved score in the 2019 Corruption Perception Index over recent years, according to Transparency International.
Criminal justice system deemed too weak to fight corruptionSociety
The European Council’s analysis of the Greek criminal justice system has found that the current setup inadequate to counter corruption.
IMF paper suggests shadow economy still thrivingEconomyFeatures
A working paper from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the shadow economy of Europe has shown that the phenomenon continues to persist in the Greek economy.
Govt rebuffs uncomfortable reports on money laundering, unpaid contributionsPoliticsGreek Politics
The government has been put on the defensive as a result of a couple of reports in the international media, while Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has had to step up efforts to improve North Macedonia’s chances of being allowed to start its European Union accession process, a far cry from New Democracy’s fierce opposition to the Prespes Agreement just months ago.
ND on cusp of brokering deal over diaspora vote as Novartis battle heats upPoliticsGreek Politics
Although MPs have started to debate the 2020 draft budget, which encapsulates the government’s economic policy going forward, the focus of Greek politics is currently on an apparent rare moment of compromise between the parties over allowing Greeks living abroad to vote in the national elections from their country of residence.
Buoyed by strong ratings, Mitsotakis opts for caution on Novartis probePoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has ruled out the possibility of New Democracy instigating a preliminary investigation into SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras over the Novartis affair, suggesting that the current premier sees no political benefit from such a move at a time that his party seems to have strong public support.
Confrontation over graft claims moves into overdrivePoliticsGreek Politics
The bickering between the government and the opposition as a result of corruption claims and counter-claims is moving into overdrive as Parliament prepares to vote on whether to lift the immunity of a former minister.
Corruption claims dominate political discussion ahead of electionsPoliticsGreek Politics
It is becoming increasingly clear that the long campaign for the next general election will be dominated by clashes over corruption allegations rather than debates over policy choices.