Shipping tycoon’s revelations kick up political storm

A political firestorm erupted on Thursday after shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis claimed in an interview that Premier Alexis Tsipras and Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas asked him to finance businessman Yiannis Kalogritsas during the auctions for TV broadcasting licenses in 2016, as a favor.

Shipping magnate claims PM, minister asked him to support friendly businessman

Greek shipping magnate Vangelis Marinakis claimed in a radio interview on Thursday that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas had asked him to pay the first instalment of a TV license fee on behalf of another businessman who was reportedly on good terms with the government.

Marinakis: Minister Pappas asked me to pay 26mn euros for Kalogritsas to get TV license

In a bombshell interview shipowner and Olympiacios FC owner Evangelos Marinakis today said that Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas asked him to meet with government-friendly businessman Ioannis Kalogritsas before a September, 2016, state tender for broadcast television licenses, and that Kalogritsas went to Marinakis' office  to ask for a 26mn euro loan so that he could acquire a license

Editorial: Older than the old regime

According to the government spokesman, who is the authentic interpreter of the views of the PM's office, all that has been revealed about the ties between Manolis Petsitis and Alexis Tsipras' right-hand-man, Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, and about the DEPA (gas company)-Lavrentiadis scandal are merely a diversionary tactic which was concocted by the opposition to draw attention away fro

The poison in the Costa-Gavras case

Whether or not we like Greek-French director Costa-Gavras, his movies or the topic of his new movie "Adults in the Room," based on the book by former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the process through which filmmakers can obtain state funding in Greece (via cash rebate) is based on numbers and percentages rather than in-person meetings.

Costa-Gavras film on Varoufakis account of 2015 talks with creditors gets grant

The official government website, Diavgeia, has published a decision by Media Minister Nikos Pappas to grant funding of nearly 630,000 euros to Greek-French filmmaker Costa-Gavras for a project based on a book by Greece's controversial former finance minister.

Tsipras cuts loose from top minister via government spokesman

After a barrage of press reports about the relationship of PM Alexis Tsipras' right-hand-man, Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, with a Cypriot lawyer for offshore companies named Artemis Artemiou and with a childhood friend of his who acted as intermediary between the government and the state-owned DEPA gas company and convicted felon and businessman Lavrentis Lavrentiadis, Tsipras is showi