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.
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...
According to the country's budget the annual grant to the President of the Republic ισ amounted to 283,694 euros.
The President asked the Minister of Finance to take all necessary actions in order to stop receiving his salary.
"This is a symbolic movement that honors him" said Mr. Venizelos.
Let's see if any of the other well paid politicians will do the same...
This screenshot traveled quickly through chain emails.
Staff members of the Ministry directly informed wikipedia administrators and corrected the entry but forgot to correct the caption of the photo where the "national word" remained as a part of Mr. Venizelos' name until a few minutes ago!
Mr. Venizelos stated that "the new budget could under certain conditions to begin the reversal of the country's path to primary surplus".
The basic provisions of the new budget are:
The deficit is expected to reach 5.4% of GDP
The decrease in the amount of interest can reach 5 billion euros (cash basis) in 2012 and 13.6billion until 2014.
The budget revenues will increase by 4.56% to 59.184 billion euros (from 54.673 in 2011) and the expenditures will decrease to 72.557 from 77.632 billion in 2011
After Mr. Papandreou's career as a rock star with the "Fireplaces" band , it looks like the FinMin Evaggelos Venizelos used to rock, too... Rumors say that he is still rehearsing between the Euro group meetings...
Actually, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr. Venizelos, has incredible similarities to the singer of the band «Grim Reaper», Steve Grimmett! Watch the video below:
The new cabinet consists of 47 people:
Prime Minister: Lucas Papademos
Deputy Prime Minister
Evangelos Venizelos and Theodoros Pangalos
Ministry of Administrative Reform and eGovernment
Minister: Dimitris Reppas.
Deputy: Dinos Rovlias and Pantelis Tzortzakis.
In a few hours (6 pm local time) Prime Minister Papandreou will meet the President Mr. Karolos Papoulias in order to submit his resignation. Immediately after, the President will will meet the council of political leaders in order to announce then new Prime Minister of Greece and the composition of the coalition government.
According to latest information, FinMin Evangelos Venizelos and Filippos Petsalnikos (current President of Greek Parliament) are possible candidates for the Prime Minister's position.
Two alternative solutions would be of Professor Vassilios Skouris (president of the Court of Justice) and Vasilis Rapanos (Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Greece and Chairman of the Hellenic Bank Association).
Papandreou losses his parliamentary majority since PASOK MPs Eva Kaili and Elena Panariti announced that they will not give a vote of confidence "to a government that is leading the country to disaster". MPs Dimitris Lintzeris and Kostas Kartalis have also differentiated themselves
Earlier today Minister of Finance Venizelos stated that he also does not agree on a referendum about the future of the country in the Eurozone. Many other important member of the party seem also to agree with FM Venizelos.
Some members of PASOK suggest that Papandreou could continue as the president of PASOK while the PG elect Venizelos as prime minister.Then, Venizelos has to ask the other parties to vote in support of the financial loan agreement, and establish a government of national rescue.
Ministerial council at this moment in Athens with PM Papandreou to be negative in the MPs proposals.
According to Reuters Finance Minister Venizelos had no idea about the refendum!
"Venizelos had no idea about the referendum. All he knew about was the vote of confidence," a government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "He told Papandreou he should inform foreign partners and a letter was drafted in the early morning hours."
Venizelos, who is leading talks with the EU, the IMF and banks on the country's bailout and debt swap deals, spoke on the phone with top officials on Tuesday, a day after the announcement, a finance ministry official said.
Just yesterday (!) Mr. Venizelos gave an interview on ANT1 TV and supported PM George Papandreou on his decision about the referendum.
Watch the video below: