New Democracy moves to corral far-right vote, as PM braces for more surveillance evidencePoliticsGreek Politics
The ambivalent stance adopted by the leadership of New Democracy to the funeral of the former king Constantine has been attacked by opposition parties who see it as a play for the far-right vote, an impression amplified by the government’s plan to block an offshoot of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party from participating in the upcoming elections.
SYRIZA pushes alternative cost-of-living package but govt support still a vote-winnerPoliticsGreek Politics
The surprise announcement of a “Market Pass” for hard-pressed shoppers in the prime minister’s budget statement has attracted strong criticism from the opposition.
ND tries to swerve fresh graft claims as EP scandals, phonetapping hang over budget debatePoliticsGreek Politics
The Qatargate scandal centred on PASOK MEP Eva Kaili may have given ruling New Democracy some respite from defending its administration against mounting evidence of a domestic spying operation, but an investigation by the EU prosecutor into one of its own parliamentarians in Brussels has once again upset the balance.
Surveillance and Qatargate threaten to overshadow budget debatePoliticsGreek Politics
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.
Opposition senses PM's position on phonetapping becoming weakerPoliticsGreek Politics
The opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of running scared from the discussion in Parliament about the surveillance scandal and the draft law the government has put forward in response to the allegations about extensive phonetapping.
Parties clash on surveillance bill as PM insists he is putting national security firstPoliticsGreek Politics
The controversial surveillance bill was the focus of a heated debate in Parliament on Thursday, as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to dismiss criticism of the proposed changes to the workings of the national intelligence service.
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.
Government determined to push through hospital reforms in pre-election legislative sprintPoliticsGreek Politics
Hospital doctors and healthcare staff are striking over the latest raft of healthcare reforms tabled by the government. The New Democracy administration shows no signs of wavering on the unpopular legislation, keen to demonstrate in the final months of its term that it is delivering on its pledges.
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.