Opposition parties continue to pursue wiretap claims, as surveillance bill passes first hurdlePoliticsGreek Politics
The conservative government has seen its draft legislation on surveillance and spyware past the first hurdle in Parliament, but opposition parties continue to pursue multiple routes to pressure the authorities into an official investigation into media claims of a widespread government-sponsored surveillance operation.
PM offers uniformed personnel bonus as surveillance bill attracts more criticismPoliticsGreek Politics
Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of blatant electioneering after he announced on Tuesday that all those serving in the police and coast guard would receive a 600-euro bonus at the end of the year.
Tsipras pushes for more thorough probe into mounting wiretap allegationsPoliticsGreek Politics
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras attempted on Monday to boost the low traction the surveillance scandal is receiving in Greece’s public debate by paying a visit to the Supreme Court prosecutor that is overseeing the investigation into the phonetapping claims.
SYRIZA gears up for looming elections as poll gap narrowsPoliticsGreek Politics
Perhaps encouraged by an apparent narrowing of the ratings gap between New Democracy and SYRIZA, the main opposition party is gearing up for the upcoming election campaign.
Opposition fails to make inroads in spyware hearing as denials continuePoliticsGreek Politics
Opposition parties have accused governing New Democracy of continuing to keep Parliament in the dark about key aspects of the surveillance affair, after a fresh hearing of the institutions and transparency committee failed to uncover any new information.
MPs aim to probe spyware as govt brushes off latest reportsPoliticsGreek Politics
Parliament’s institutions and transparency committee is due to hear on Monday from one of the key figures in the phonetapping affair, in what could be a significant moment in the development of the surveillance saga.
ND banks on public apathy in face of surveillance revelationsPoliticsGreek Politics
New Democracy’s resilience in the face of new evidence linking it to an extensive domestic surveillance operation is spurring the governing party to continue rejecting calls for accountability.
Reports claiming link between spyware and state pile pressure on governmentPoliticsGreek Politics
The government has come under renewed pressure regarding the phonetapping affair, as media reports have started pointing to a clear link between the state and the use of Predator, via a unit that was set up at a special National Intelligence Service (EYP) facility, to which police officers were allegedly detached to help run the hacking operation.
Govt hints at more relief measures as opposition lambasts electricity bill fixesPoliticsGreek Politics
The latest budget performance figures offered a pleasant surprise for the government, which has immediately got to the task of balancing public expectations for more assistance with the need to reassure the markets of its commitment to fiscal discipline.
Govt unveils spyware bill as it launches communications fightbackPoliticsGreek Politics
Hoping to swat away some of the criticism that has been aimed in its direction regarding the surveillance scandal, the government unveiled on Tuesday a draft law aimed at protecting privacy, which would also outlaw the sale and possession of spyware.