TV licencing becomes key political battleground after court verdictPoliticsGreek Politics
After suffering the blow of seeing its centrepiece legislation on TV licences being shot down by the Council of State, Alexis Tsipras and his government are seeking a way to rebound and deflect accusations of incompetence or attempting to control the media and the judiciary.
Court delivers serious blow over TV permits, gov't vows to fight onPoliticsGreek Politics
The ruling that the government feared materialised late on Wednesday night, when the Council of State deemed that the recent tender leading to four bidders gaining TV licences and existing channels being prevented from continuing to broadcast was unconstitutional.
Reshuffle expectations doused as coalition braces for TV permits rulingPoliticsGreek Politics
Greece’s governing coalition is on tenterhooks over the imminent verdict on the TV licences tender from the Council of State, which is holding its second session of the week on Wednesday.
Tsipras encounters SYRIZA resistance, waits for court verdict on TV licencesPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been given a reminder by his party that he will not have it all his way, despite his recent resounding re-election as SYRIZA leader.
Tsipras ponders risking reshuffle to finish review on time, get debt talks goingPoliticsGreek Politics
There is growing speculation that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is on the verge of announcing a cabinet reshuffle with the aim of removing some ministers who are not deemed as being cooperative and increasing the government’s chances of concluding the programme review that began last week as soon as possible.
Athens looks to Draghi for positive signals on debt reliefPoliticsGreek Politics
It was mentioned almost as an afterthought. Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank President, reframed the ongoing debate on Greek debt relief, noting the ECB would draw its own conclusions on sustainability, wait for relief to be implemented, and then decide whether to include Greece in its quantitative easing programme.
Tsipras in Brussels prep for Obama tripPoliticsGreek Politics
Ending an awkward week at home, Alexis Tsipras heads to meetings in Brussels that could ultimately define his term as prime minister.
On the sidelines of a European Council, his talks on Thursday and Friday are with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande and Germany’s Angela Merkel.
Greek government faces hard labour dilemmaPoliticsGreek Politics
In the 14 months since signing Greece’s third bailout, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has stuck to a punishing schedule of unpopular changes.
SYRIZA congress gives Tsipras benefit of doubt, more time to deliverPoliticsGreek Politics
Alexis Tsipras appeared to emerge strengthened, or at least free of any immediate challenge, from the four-day SYRIZA congress, which ended on Sunday night.
Tsipras makes end-year debt deal government's top priorityPoliticsGreek Politics
Alexis Tsipras launched SYRIZA’s four-day congress with a relatively low-key speech on Thursday that contained three key messages.