Former justice minister under fire for GD remarks

Opposition parties have accused ruling SYRIZA of turning a blind eye to the excesses of Golden Dawn after former justice minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos said in an interview in Sunday's edition of the Vradyni newspaper that the extreme-right party must be supported by democratic parties if it decides to embrace the rule of democracy.

He also defended his remarks on Vima FM radio, saying that "if a [GD member], and there are many of them, changes their stance and makes steps toward democracy, then they must be supported." He also called for a "convergence" with Golden Dawn to bring it in line with democracy rather than being constantly at loggerheads with it.

Ruling SYRIZA's decision not to publicly admonish the former minister prompted New Democracy spokesman Vassilis Kikilias to accuse it of maintaining "clandestine ties" with the neo-Nazi party, while other...

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