Alexis Tsipras

Tsipras accuses gov't of using pandemic to rush through legislation

Main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday accused the government is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to pass legislation without due scrutiny and walked out of a parliamentary debate on an environmental bill.

Tsipras reacted to the government's intention to allow the use of remote voting by MPs for this bill to avoid having a large number of lawmakers in the House.

Parliament debates gov't response to pandemic

Party leaders debated the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak in Parliament Thursday.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis lauded his government's response, saying it was the only one that outlawed layoffs. He said the government spent €17.5 billion to prop up incomes and companies and will spend more, when European funds are available.

Political leaders debate new coronavirus measures in Parliament

"April may determine what the future will look like," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday during a discussion in Parliament in Athens on new legislative measures to contain the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.

"Everything that has been done so far has brought reservedly optimistic results," he said, warning that the country needs to stay the course.

Veteran leftist and resistance fighter Manolis Glezos dies at 98

Veteran leftist and resistance fighter Manolis Glezos has died at the age of 98. 

He died of heart failure, according to reports.

An active opponent of Greece's resistance to the Nazis, Glezos is best known for tearing down the Nazi flag from the Acropolis in 1941 as occupying German forces conquered Athens. 

Greek Independence Day celebrations eclipsed by pandemic

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Parliament Speaker Konstantinos Tasoulas, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, Movement for Change leader Fofi Gennimata and Communist Party leader Dimitris Koutsoumbas (l to r) on Wednesday attended a brief ceremony to mark Greece's Independence Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Parliament.

Mitsotakis dared to face down the Church

What no other prime minister dared to do, from the late Andreas Papandreou and his minister of education Antonis Tritsis in the 1980s, to Alexis Tsipras in the previous four and a half years - despite their stated intentions - was done by Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He clashed with the Church of Greece over the new coronavirus, and did not back down.

Staying home cyber-safe

While the international community is fighting Covid-19, a new challenge is emerging: how to defend against potential cyberattacks. Politicians, including in Greece, find themselves having to replace their face-to-face meetings with phone or video calls.

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