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.

Novartis case: Expansion of indictment against minister sought

A proposal by 30 government lawmakers will reportedly be submitted to the Greek Parliament Monday asking for the convening of a plenary session to discuss the expansion of the indictments against former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos, who is accused of politically motivated interference in the investigation into the Novartis bribery case.

Labor minister blames pressure, operational framework for failed distant training program

Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis on Thursday responded to accusations of incompetency by opposition parties over a series of problematic distance training voucher programs for scientists and self-employed professionals which were scrapped on Wednesday amid widespread criticism that they were makeshift and of low quality.

SYRIZA proposes amendment extending protection of primary residence

SYRIZA opposition on Thursday proposed an amendment in Parliament that would extend current protection of primary residence through the end of 2020.

The party said adopting the measures was necessary to protect thousands of households against the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

It said that the existing framework expires on May 1.

Learning from the coronavirus crisis

Developments in Greece from the coronavirus epidemic are so far encouraging. If we remain disciplined, heed the government's instructions and resist the urge to flout restrictions at Easter, we may be able to slowly start getting some of our freedoms back. This pandemic has given everyone pause, and we will come out of it all the wiser.