Androulakis positions PASOK as alternative to leading parties against phonetapping backdropPoliticsGreek Politics
PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis used his maiden speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Wednesday to hit out at both the ruling New Democracy party and its main rival SYRIZA, in an attempt to position the socialists as a distinct and realistic alternative to the two largest political forces.
SYRIZA, PASOK leaders prepare responses to stark choice presented by PMPoliticsGreek Politics
As SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras and PASOK chief Nikos Androulakis prepare to travel to Thessaloniki to provide their responses to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s speech at the trade fair on Saturday, the surveillance scandal continues to be a bone of contention between the government and the opposition.
Surveillance affair snowballs as opposition makes new spyware claimPoliticsGreek Politics
The phone tapping scandal took another twist on Friday, when a SYRIZA MP claimed that he, too, had been targeted by the Predator spyware, fuelling an already very tense atmosphere between the government and the opposition, epitomised by MPs walking out of the parliamentary inquiry.
Surveillance hearings in Athens and Brussels highlight contrasting approaches to issuePoliticsGreek Politics
As the special parliamentary inquiry into the surveillance of politicians and journalists convened in a tense atmosphere to agree the terms of engagement in Athens, a hearing at the European Parliament gave the stand to three journalists involved in uncovering the controversial practices.
Inquiry into surveillance scandal begins as ND feeds speculation about change to election lawPoliticsGreek Politics
The parliamentary inquiry into the wiretapping scandal is due to get underway on Wednesday in a tense political atmosphere and with main opposition party SYRIZA believing that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis might try to duck his responsibility by making a quick change to the electoral law and calling snap elections.
Scandal erodes support for ND, complicates path to electionsPoliticsGreek Politics
The government’s efforts to focus attention on its fight against the cost-of-living crisis continue to be undermined by the increasingly acrimonious clash with the opposition over the phone-tapping scandal even though opinion polls continue to show Greeks are more concerned by inflation than anything else.
Athens pins hopes on pan-European solution for energy crisis, as surveillance affair unfoldsPoliticsGreek Politics
A renewed sense of urgency among European governments has revived hopes in Athens that a collective solution is on the way to help with the skyrocketing cost of the government’s energy subsidy package.
PM brushes aside spying scandal, lowers expectations for handoutsPoliticsGreek Politics
Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired on Wednesday his first cabinet meeting since the phone-tapping scandal took on threatening proportions for his government and the Greek Prime Minister used the opportunity to turn his ministers’ attention to other challenges ahead on the path to the next general election.
Parties tussle over scope of surveillance probe as latest poll puts Mitsotakis in framePoliticsGreek Politics
There has been no let-up in the pressure on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his government to account for the surveillance of a politician and a journalist by Greece’s national security service, with a meeting of the relevant parliamentary committee set to be followed by a special parliamentary inquiry.
Opposition pushes for phone-tapping probe as early polls claim limited damage to NDPoliticsGreek Politics
Following on quickly from Friday’s fractious party leaders’ debate on the phone-tapping scandal, Parliament reconvenes in Athens to vote on PASOK-KINAL’s proposal to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the affair.