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Deutsche Bahn suspected of bribing Greek officials

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Friday that German judicial authorities have relayed evidence to their counterparts in Greece suggesting that Greek state officials received bribes from rail firm Deutsche Bahn to influence contract decisions related to construction work at the Athens metro between 2003 and 2007. 

ND submits proposal for inquiry into three ministers

The main conservative opposition party New Democracy on Wednesday submitted to Parliament its proposal for the formation of an investigative committee to probe whether former health ministers Panayiotis Kouroublis and Andreas Xanthos, as well as Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis, are guilty of breaches of faith. 

ND holds strong lead over SYRIZA, three years after change

The main opposition party, conservative New Democracy, is maintaining a steady lead over ruling leftist SYRIZA, according to a new opinion poll carried out by Public Issue which puts ND 15.5 percentage points ahead. 

According to the survey, if elections were to be held now, 37 percent of respondents would vote for ND, compared to 21.5 percent for SYRIZA.

EEP Group leader expresses support for ND leader

The Euro Parliament leader of the European People's Party Manfred Weber on Thursday expressed his support for Greece's conservative New Democracy opposition.

"We have complete trust in ND, Greece's pro-European party, and in @kmitsotakis," Weber tweeted, in Greek, referring to conservative chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Arms deal takes on new twist

The controversy surrounding the arms agreement with Saudi Arabia took on a new twist on Thursday after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos tweeted that he plans to allow lawmakers access to classified documents pertaining to the deal and to declassify other related documents.

It was unclear, however, if a defense minister has the right to declassify documents.

Poll confirms ND lead, puts Democratic Alignment third

A new opinion poll carried out by the University of Macedonia on behalf of Skai found that conservative New Democracy maintains a strong lead over ruling leftist SYRIZA, but Democratic Alignment (formerly PASOK) - apparently boosted by a leadership contest over the weekend - has risen to third place, knocking neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, which has been the third most popular party consistently in poll

ND leader vows 'fair and effective' social welfare

In a bid to deconstruct the narrative according to which social solidarity is a preserve of the Left, conservative New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis Wednesday accused SYRIZA of "insulting the dignity of the weak" and described ND as "a large party of the people" that would introduce fairer and more effective social policies.