Alexis Tsipras

Samaras rules out snap polls

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday rejected calls by leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras for snap polls, accusing the opposition chief of seeking to destabilize the country amid the first signs of recovery, and expressing his conviction that Parliament will elect a president early next year despite the odds.

Tsipras to meet with BoG governor on Thursday

SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras was expected to meet with Bank of Greece Yannis Stournaras on Thursday. According to sources the meeting had been originally scheduled for Friday, but was nearly cancelled following reports that Stournaras was expected to meet with To Potami founder, former journalist Stavros Theodorakis, on Thursday.

Leftist MPs testify in bribery probe

Leftist SYRIZA’s spokesman Panos Skourletis and the head of Alexis Tsipras’s political office, Nikos Pappas, on Thursday testified before a prosecutor probing claims that entrepreneurs close to the government were gathering money to bribe MPs into backing the coalition’s candidate for presidential elections early next year.

Greece will not become Weimar, Samaras says

Greece has returned from the brink of collapse, said Prime Minister Antonis Samaras Monday, while lauding the country’s ability to keep going through the damaging effects of the crisis.

“There will be no Weimar scenario for Greece... Greece is back,” Samaras said in a speech at the Democracy Under Pressure forum organized by Kathimerini and the International New York Times.

Dial down the volume

By Alexis Papachelas

Greeks like their drama. But they fail to grasp how dangerous it can be at crunch time. Greek political leaders so often let words slip out without realizing the consequences. Sometimes they regret them but it is too late.