Politics of Greece http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24735/all en Greek party seeks probe of ex-leaders over tax list http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/greek-party-seeks-probe-ex-leaders-over-tax-list <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ATHENS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Greece's parliament will vote on whether to investigate two former prime ministers for failing to take action over a list of possible tax cheats while in office, officials said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The right-wing Independent Greeks party, backed by the far-right Golden Dawn, asked parliament to probe Lucas Papademos, a technocrat, and his Socialist predecessor George Papandreou over the so-called "Lagarde list".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/greek-party-seeks-probe-ex-leaders-over-tax-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Greece Politics of Greece Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:15:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732116 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek coalition loses third lawmaker over tax list scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/greek-coalition-loses-third-lawmaker-over-tax-list-scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ATHENS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A Greek Socialist lawmaker resigned on Thursday from the co-ruling PASOK party after he criticised the government's handling of a list of possible tax cheats, further reducing the fragile coalition's majority in parliament.</p> <p>Christos Aidonis, 50, a former deputy health minister, is the third lawmaker the ruling coalition has lost in less than a week over a deepening scandal that has outraged Greeks and tested the cohesion of the government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/greek-coalition-loses-third-lawmaker-over-tax-list-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Greece Politics of Greece Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:01:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732653 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Gun attack on PM's party HQ as Greek violence escalates http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-3-gun-attack-pms-party-hq-greek-violence-escalates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Shooting follows spate of attacks on public figures</p> <p>* Bullet shot through window of Athens HQ but no one hurt</p> <p>* PM Samaras says "you cannot shoot democracy"</p> <p>By Dina Kyriakidou and George Georgiopoulos</p> <p>ATHENS, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Unidentified attackers opened fire on the Athens headquarters of Greece's governing New Democracy party with a Kalashnikov assault rifle early on Monday, in what the government said was a worrying escalation in political violence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-3-gun-attack-pms-party-hq-greek-violence-escalates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Antonis Samaras Coalition of the Radical Left Politics Politics of Greece Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:30:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734062 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek parties in uproar over tax scandal before inquiry vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/greek-parties-uproar-over-tax-scandal-inquiry-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Lefteris Papadimas and Deepa Babington</p> <p>ATHENS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Greece's leftist opposition called on Thursday for two former finance ministers to be punished for failing to act on a list of potential tax evaders, hours before a parliamentary vote to decide who to investigate.</p> <p>Parliament will vote later on whether former finance ministers George Papaconstantinou and Evangelos Venizelos as well as two former prime ministers must face an inquiry over the affair, which has rattled the fragile ruling coalition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/greek-parties-uproar-over-tax-scandal-inquiry-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government Greece Politics of Greece Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:45:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735685 at http://www.globalpost.com Greece to probe former finance minister over tax list scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/greece-probe-former-finance-minister-over-tax-list-scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Harry Papachristou and Deepa Babington</p> <p>ATHENS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Greece's parliament voted early on Friday to probe former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou for his role in a scandal over a list of potential tax evaders that has rattled the fragile ruling coalition.</p> <p>In a relief for the government, Socialist chief Evangelos Venizelos, a former finance minister and one of three coalition leaders, escaped an inquiry into his handling of the list after lawmakers voted by a wide margin against the move.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/greece-probe-former-finance-minister-over-tax-list-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government Greece Politics of Greece Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:15:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735908 at http://www.globalpost.com Most Greeks say government doing little to fight corruption-poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/most-greeks-say-government-doing-little-fight-corruption-poll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Karolina Tagaris</p> <p>ATHENS, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Most Greeks believe their government is doing little to go after tax evaders and root out corruption, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday which put support for the ruling conservatives marginally ahead of the leftist main opposition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/most-greeks-say-government-doing-little-fight-corruption-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe International relations Politics of Greece Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:30:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738044 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek political parties to testify over bank loans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/greek-political-parties-testify-over-bank-loans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ATHENS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Greek prosecutors have ordered the two main ruling parties to testify in an investigation into more than 200 million euros in loans they received from banks, officials said on Friday.</p> <p>The investigation - which is examining whether the loans are legal and whether any wrongdoing was involved - could embarrass the fragile conservative-led government, which relies on aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/greek-political-parties-testify-over-bank-loans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Panhellenic Socialist Movement Politics of Greece Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:15:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743210 at http://www.globalpost.com Hollande in symbolic visit of 'support' to Greece http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/hollande-symbolic-visit-support-greece <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Francois Hollande will Tuesday visit debt-riven Greece to show France's support for a country that appears to have averted a chaotic eurozone exit despite a ruinous six-year recession.</p> <p>Hollande's trip is a "message of confidence and backing," his office said, adding that since he took power nine months ago the Socialist leader has championed the idea that Athens remain within the euro common currency zone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/hollande-symbolic-visit-support-greece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande Government International relations Politics of Greece Social Issues Technology AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:46:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758197 at http://www.globalpost.com French president on symbolic support visit to Greece http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/french-president-symbolic-support-visit-greece <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French President Francois Hollande begins on Tuesday a one-day visit to Greece to express support for the recession-hit country's recovery efforts.</p> <p>"The purpose of my visit is to bring France's support for Greece to succeed, and for Europe to advance with (Greece)," Hollande told leading Greek daily Ta Nea on Monday.</p> <p>Hollande's trip is a "message of confidence and backing," his office has said, adding that since he took power nine months ago the Socialist leader has championed the idea that Athens remain within the euro common currency zone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/french-president-symbolic-support-visit-greece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Greece Politics of Greece Social Issues Technology AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:31:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759654 at http://www.globalpost.com French president on symbolic support visit to Greece http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/french-president-symbolic-support-visit-greece-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French President Francois Hollande began a one-day visit to Greece on Tuesday to express support for the recession-hit country's recovery efforts.</p> <p>Hollande was received with military honours at Athens airport by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.</p> <p>He arrived during a 24-hour strike by Greek media, but state broadcaster NET showed footage of his arrival without journalistic commentary.</p> <p>Hollande will be meeting with Samaras, President Carolos Papoulias and the head of the Greek socialist party, Evangelos Venizelos.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/french-president-symbolic-support-visit-greece-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Greece Politics of Greece Social Issues Technology AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:00:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759711 at http://www.globalpost.com Three Greek ex-ministers charged with tax evasion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/three-greek-ex-ministers-charged-tax-evasion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Greek prosecutor has charged three former ministers with failing to properly declare their wealth and revenue in order to avoid tax.</p> <p>The charges laid Wednesday came two days after another ex-minister, Akis Tsochatzopoulos, received an eight-year jail term for hiding his revenue in the first of a series of trials related to his years in power.</p> <p>Tsohatzopoulos, 73, has denied the charges and plans to appeal.</p> <p>The court cases come at a time when Greece is suffering from heavy debt levels and amid tough austerity measures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/three-greek-ex-ministers-charged-tax-evasion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Akis Tsochatzopoulos Politics of Greece Social Issues Tax evasion AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:45:16 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5775624 at http://www.globalpost.com German woman sought in probe into Greek ex-minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/german-woman-sought-probe-greek-ex-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Greece issued a warrant Thursday for the arrest of a German woman allegedly implicated in money laundering engineered by a Greek ex-minister.</p> <p>Greek judicial authorities requested the arrest of the German former sister-in-law of Akis Tsochatzopoulos after over 1.45 million Swiss francs (1.18 million euros) was found in her bank account, state agency ANA said.</p> <p>Tsochatzopoulos, 73, was sentenced earlier in March to eight years in prison for hiding revenue in the first of a series of trials related to his years in power.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/german-woman-sought-probe-greek-ex-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Akis Tsochatzopoulos Business Government Politics of Greece Social Issues AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:33:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5790177 at http://www.globalpost.com New head for Greek communist party after 22 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130414/new-head-greek-communist-party-after-22-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Greece's anti-European communist party, the KKE, elected a new leader replacing veteran female politician Aleka Papariga after her 22-year continuous run, the party announced Sunday.</p> <p>"The new central committee has elected Dimitris Koutsoumbas as general secretary of the KKE committee," the party said in a statement.</p> <p>The 68-year-old Papariga, daughter of communists who resisted Nazi occupation during World War II, is the only woman in Greece to have headed a party for so long.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130414/new-head-greek-communist-party-after-22-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aleka Papariga Communist Party of Greece Politics of Greece AFP Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:15:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5815193 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek Communist party leader steps down after 22 years, new chief elected http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130415/greek-communist-party-leader-steps-down-after-22-years-new-chief-electe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Greek Communist Party (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga stepped down after 22 years at the post of the Secretary and another party veteran, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, was elected as her successor on Sunday.</p><P>Papariga, aged 68, became the first female party chief in Greece in 1991 and is one of the longest serving party heads in recent history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130415/greek-communist-party-leader-steps-down-after-22-years-new-chief-electe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aleka Papariga Greek Communist Party Greek communists Politics of Greece Asianet Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:47:38 +0000 Asianet 5816509 at http://www.globalpost.com Former Greek PM's mother fights Swiss account claim http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130501/former-greek-pms-mother-fights-swiss-account-claim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The mother of former Greek prime minister George Papandreou has sued financial investigators and three newspapers over claims she held a 550-million-dollar Swiss bank account, a judicial source said Wednesday.</p> <p>Margaret Chadd, 90, accuses the weekly edition of To Vima and scandal-prone Proto Thema and Dimokratia of falsely claiming she held the account, linking her to the so-called Lagarde list scandal.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130501/former-greek-pms-mother-fights-swiss-account-claim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Greece Politics of Greece Social Issues AFP Wed, 01 May 2013 15:45:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5829295 at http://www.globalpost.com