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Former Greek PM and Current PASOK Leader Condemn Ex-Minister

Former Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and current PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos condemned former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos as witnesses at the Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Tsochatzopoulos, who serves a lengthy sentence for money laundering, has made an appeal...

Former Greek PM to Testify in Court for Armament Kickbacks Scandal

It was an awkward moment when former PASOK Ministers, including Prime Minister Costas Simitis, met at the Court of Appeals as witnesses in the trial of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos who is imprisoned for receiving substantial armament kickbacks. Simitis,...

Former PM Simitis and PASOK Officials Called to Testify in Corruption Trial

Former Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, and former Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) members who were active during the period that Akis Tsochatzopoulos served as the Greek National Defense Minister were called...

Prosecutor Requests Summoning Former Greek PM Simitis and Other Senior Officials in Tsochatzopoulos' Appeal

The Greek prosecutor handling former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos' appeal has requested to summon the members of the Government Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) during his tenure. The prosecutor requested that the court summons former Prime Minister Costas Simitis, former...

Siemens Bribery Scandal: 64 Suspects Referred to Trial

Michalis Christoforakos is among the 64 people who are summoned to appear before an Appeals Court, accused of being involved in the bribery scandal between Siemens and Greek state-owned telecommunications company OTE that rocked Greece nearly ten years ago. The 64 suspects...

Greek Parliament Speaker Questions Validity of Past Bill Voting

Tabling bills under emergency procedures -- a practice abused in the last parliamentary period -- will not be repeated in this Parliament, nor can the practice of attaching amendments to entirely unrelated bills, Greece 's Parliament president Zoi Konstantopoulou...

Former Greek PM Simitis: Austerity Policies of the North Led to the European Crisis

His opinion that Europe has lost the necessary balance between the markets and state institutions expressed Former Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis in an article published in Greek newspaper "Efimerida Ton Syntakton." As he highlighted, ever since the northern European...

Former PM Simitis: Greece Must Initiate Serious Talks With Partners

After the January 25 Greek elections, the government and political parties "will have to shape our own European cooperation policy and initiate serious talks with our partners," Former Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis commented earlier today. In a written statement,...

Greek Education: 22 Ministers in 40 Years Turn Students into Guinea Pigs

Since the restoration of democracy in 1974, Greek high school students have become guinea pigs as 22 different Education Ministers - two of them twice - have tried to implement reforms that would put their name in history rather...

PASOK Rejects Papandreou Proposal on Party Leadership Election

PASOK rejected over the weekend a proposal by Former Prime Minister George Papandreou for the party to call an emergency convention and leadership election. After a meeting on Thursday between PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and his predecessor Papandreou, the latter sent a...