Greek government-debt crisis

Papandreou seeks new political role

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou caused consternation in his party, PASOK, on Thursday when he strayed from the Socialist line and called for a new government to be formed if a president is elected this month, while suggesting that he might form his own political movement if Greece heads to snap elections instead.

PM says snap polls and SYRIZA win would put Greece’s future at risk

With the government still not in a position to elect a president, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras launched an all-out attack on SYRIZA on Thursday that was aimed to make independent and opposition MPs think twice about how they will vote when the ballot for head of state comes around.

Papaconstantinou due to stand trial by February 11 over Lagarde list

Unless there are snap general elections, ex-Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou will stand before a special court by February 11 to answer charges that he tampered with a list containing the names of more than 2,000 Greeks with deposits at the Geneva branch of HSBC in order to remove the names of three relatives.

Venizelos to meet Turkish foreign minister in Thessaloniki

Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos was expected to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Friday.

The meeting was set to take place on the sidelines of the meeting of foreign ministers of BSEC member states.

SYRIZA MPs not to take part in constitutional reform committee

Opposition SYRIZA deputies were not expected to participate in a Parliamentary committee overlooking constitutional reforms proposed by the current coalition government, it emerged on Thursday.

SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras notified House Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis of the party’s decision on Thursday.

Supreme Court orders former finance minister to stand trial

A Supreme Court judicial council ruled on Thursday that former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou should stand trial for allegedly tampering with an official document and breach of faith.

The felony charges relate to the so-called Lagarde list of Greek depositors at the Geneva branch of HSBC. The decision was reached by 4 votes to 1.

PM says leftists causing ‘terror’ for investors, forcing polls

Following another troubling day on the markets, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras accused SYRIZA on Wednesday of provoking “terror” among investors and insisted that Greeks do not want early elections, which will prompt voters to punish the leftist party if it forces snap polls to be held.