By Elias Kanellis
I fail to understand why they were celebrating yesterday in SYRIZA after the report of the parliamentary preliminary investigation that probed the machinations of the then SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government, through former minister Nikos Pappas, in order create a pro-government television and radio terrain.
Michalis Kalogirou, head of the office of opposition leader Alexis Tsipras and a former Justice minister (2018-19) in the SYRIZA government has tested positive in hospital for the coronavirus.
As he posted on his Facebook account, Kalogirou was hospitalized with a respiratory tract infection Thursday.
In compliance with safety protocols, the government's new cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday in three stages. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the cabinet reshuffle on Monday. The ministers were sworn in Tuesday in groups of six, all wearing masks, and after receiving rapid tests for Covid-19.
Athens' Court of Appeal convicted Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos of slander, ordering him to pay 50,000 euros plus interest to Andrikos Papandreou, the brother of former Socialist Premier George Papandreou, whom he had accused of involvement with a firm that profited from the purchase of credit default swaps (CDS) insuring against a Greek bankruptcy.
Whenever we received our report card from school back in my day, the last thing we cared about was the conduct grade of "excellence" we all received. We never knew anyone who received a grade of "decent." We could not understand why there were only two grades, but what we didn't know because it was so rare was that there was also a third one: "reprehensible."
SYRIZA MP Tryfonas Alexiadis, 60, was rushed to an Athens hospital on Tuesday after fainting during a meeting of his party's parliamentary group in a House chamber.
Alexiadis, who served as alternate finance minister in the SYRIZA government under Alexis Tsipras, was given first aid at the scene by lawmakers Pavlos Polakis and Yiannis Mouzalas, who are physicians.
Political tensions intensified on Friday after Parliament Speaker Konstantinos Tasoulas rejected a complaint by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras over the exemption of leftist MPs Pavlos Polakis and Dimitris Tzanakopoulos from a House committee probing alleged meddling by former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos in the Novartis investigation.