Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis was arrested for revealing the list of Greeks with large deposits in Swiss banks! The list was originally sent to the Greek government by the current head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.
Mr. Vaxevanis (the editor of the magazine Hot Doc which revealed the list) announced on his twitter account this morning that he was arrested, and that he will appear on court on Monday morning in order to set the date of his trial, on charges of violating laws relating to the privacy of personal data.
Greece fulfills its commitments for cuts on flexible spendings
TROIKA isn't going to renegotiate Memorandum before its implementation!
Together with Pasok party and the Democratic Left, a small party that won only 16 percent of the vote, Mr. Samaras forms a New Government.
Mr. Samaras had supported the bailout. After the May elections, in which New Democracy and Pasok suffered a drubbing while Syriza made big gains, Mr. Samaras has said he will seek to soften the deal’s terms; but soon, Mr. Samaras will be forced to make massive spending cuts to carry out the country’s “obligations” according to the Memorandum…
Syriza party stated it will fight if the new government does not repudiate the most onerous terms of Greece’s loan deals.
Meanwhile, the departmental finance minister George Zanias will represent Greece at the meeting of Eurogroup on Thursday, and Ecofin on Friday. Mr. Zanias will ask the Finance Ministers of the Euro zone for a time extension of two years to reduce the deficit (until 2016).
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Ministry of Interior
Minister: Euripides Stylianidis
Undersecretary: Charalambos Athanassiou (former president of the Judges Association)
1. NEW DEMOCRACY: 30.11% - 130 seats
2. SYRIZA: 26.49% - 70 seats
3. PASOK: 12.60% 34 seats
4. INDEPENDENT GREEKS 7.43% 20 seats
5. GOLDEN DAWN 6.93% 18 seats
6. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 6.05% 16 seats
7. KKE 4.52% 12 seats
None of the other parties is near the 3% threshold. Minor changes (+/- 0.5%) might occur at the final results.
Antonis Samaras made a statement from Zappeion:
Germany's chancellor has decided that Greece should hold a referendum on the euro together with next month's national elections! The news came from office of the Greek prime minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos who informed the leaders of the seven parliament parties on the content of the conversation between Merkel and Greek president Karolos Papoulias.
PM Pikrammenos contacted political leaders A. Samaras, Al. Tsipras, Ev Venizelos, Al. Papariga, N. Michaloliakos and F. Kouvelis and filled them in on the contents of the conversation held between the President and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to the statement of the prime minister's office, Mrs Merkel expressed her thoughts to the President about a referendum alongside with the Greek elections. The referendum would have to do with whether Greek citizens wish to stay in the eurozone...
A Must See Video... Watch it below:
Nobody can predict what will happen next Sunday... The two (ex?) major parties are trying to gather their powers and find a strategy that will allow to reduce leakages of voters due to the memorandum... After all, the two parties have common political plans that are focused on the European commands for austerity and budgetary consolidation, and it is almost sure that they will join their forces in a possibly coalition government.
Of course this could happen only if PASOK and New Democracy parties manage to reach a total percentage around 38% (despite the 50-seat bonus that the 1st party will receive due to the electoral law) of the electorate to pass the 150+1 seat limit and gain the absolute majority in the 300-seat Parliament
Former Minister (of Papademos government) for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Adonis Georgiadis is the latest receiver of a yogurt attack when he was spotted with his wife and friends at a coffee shop in N. Philadelphia - Athens!
A group of people started booing the former Minister and new member of N.Democracy party (after his dismissal from LAOS far-right party for voting the 2nd memorandum) and through yogurts and coffees against him and his friends...
Watch the video below:
In his message to the Greek people Mr. Papademos said that “Greece is in the middle of a difficult path.” and that he pointed out the need of effective cooperation among the political forces.
"The last 5 months have shown that when faced with big problems and exceptional risks, we can finally work together, we can overcome the differences and chronic pathologies of our political life, we can make tough decisions to ensure a better future. We created a bridge of hope and opportunity." said Papademos and he added...
"...the people will choose the forces that lead the way which ensures our country's stay in the European Union and the euro"
Ιn a symbolic movement, and based on the recent statements of the deputy PM Theodoros Pangalos (PASOK) who claimed that Greeks sell their votes during the elections, the man decided to place a sale ad for his vote at ebay.
This is the comment that the seller posted in his eBay offer:
A FEW DAYS AGO, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE GREEK GOVERNMENT, THEODOROS PAGKALOS, SAID IN AN INTERVIEW THAT GREEK ELECTIONS VOTES ARE SOLD. WELL, I DON’T WANT TO DISAPPOINT HIM.
Student March in Memory of the Glorious Day, in 1821, when the Greek Revolution began for Emancipation from the Ottoman Empire. Nowadays, a Greek "empire" has enslaved the Greek People.
7000 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Athens center, while police presence|awareness was increased in Thessaloniki as well as other Greek cities.
The parade in Iraklio, Crete, was disrupted when protesters clashed with riot police which used tear gas...
Mr. Pangalos, during an interview for NET TV has announced his decision to quit politics:
"I made this decision as I have already been in parliament for 35 years and it's time to hand over the baton to the young," Pangalos stated.
In addition, the Deputy prime minister commented on the scenarios for a "PASOK-N. Democracy" government since the political autonomy seems impossible on the upcoming elections:
"The two major parties have shown that they cannot govern together even if a large part of the decisions to be made is prescribed."
New Democracy party agreed with PASOK to proceed with changes on the Greek Constitution immediately after the elections... The 2 parties want to increase the power of the major parties inside the parliament in order to be able to implement their political decisions more easily...
More specifically, PASOK and ND want to increase the government's mandate to 5 years and also increase the total number of MPs (!). In addition, the two parties are promoting changes to the electoral law to ensure greater power in the major parties in order to ensure that the elected government will be able to implement its policies without major reactions inside the parliament...
In addition, no-confidence motions against the government (Article 34, paragraph 2 of the Constitution) will only be submitted accompanied with a proposal for a new prime minister (like the German model).
Finally, the dissolution of Parliament will only be feasible if more than the 2/3 of the MPs vote positively (like the regulation introduced recently in the British parliament).
It looks like the following elections is the only chance in order to change something in our rotten political system...