Antonis Samaras

Fiery exchanges in House before vote on Novartis bribery probe

Greek MPs were poised to vote in the early hours of Thursday morning to vote on whether 10 Greek politicians alleged to have accepted bribes from Swiss drugs manufacturer Novartis should face investigation by a House committee. 

The voting followed several hours of vehement debate involving the politicians named in the contentious prosecutors' report as well as party leaders. 

Government on edge for 'Macedonia' protest in Athens

With United Nations-mediated negotiations aimed at resolving a dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter's name at a sensitive juncture, the government is bracing for Sunday's Athens rally protesting the use of the term "Macedonia" in a solution amid signs that the turnout will be significant. 

Greek PM and FM speak to FYROM leader, express optimism for solution

The government is striving to create a climate of optimism ahead of a new United Nations-mediated effort to solve a decades-old dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the Balkan state's official name, even as the two coalition partners disagree on the approach that should be taken.

Irresponsible leaders

Listening to Greece's former Socialist prime minister George Papandreou telling Skai TV that his government alone shouldered the burden of keeping the country afloat, and expressing the hope that "there should have been a more ecumenical approach to the crisis," we cannot help but think of the selfishness of Greek politicians who, while in opposition, put private and party interests before thos

European reality

Opposition New Democracy appears troubled by Kathimerini's interview on Sunday with Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem after the head of the eurozone's finance ministers commended the work being done by the leftist-led government of Alexis Tsipras and advised that Greece should hold off elections until the current administration's term ends in 2019, rather than have them right now, as the cons

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