Greek government-debt crisis
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.
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.
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 partys decision on Thursday.
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.