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.
Pension rises approved as public opinion teeters ahead of election yearPoliticsGreek Politics
Yet another poll published this week has shown some erosion in the support for New Democracy and points to some potentially worrying underlying trends for the government, which passed on Thursday the latest pension-related legislation that will lead to many retirees seeing a nominal increase in their retirement package next year, ahead of the general elections.
Energy measures reassure public, as govt scrambles to keep lid on other household costsPoliticsGreek Politics
Public confidence in the government’s ability to tackle rising energy bills is keeping the conservatives ahead of their rivals in the polls despite the damage done to their credibility by the surveillance scandal.
In full campaign mode, PM ventures forth to rally supportPoliticsGreek Politics
Now in complete election campaign mode, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is touring Greece to warn voters to disregard the criticism of his government and to back his New Democracy party next year if they want the country to progress and not regress.
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 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.
Surveillance scandal claims mount, ratcheting up pressure on PMPoliticsGreek Politics
If Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was hoping for a quiet weekend following the turbulence of recent surveillance scandal revelations, his aspirations went up in smoke as reports about the use of spyware in Greece continued over the past few days.