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Greek Lawmakers Get First Look at Medical Cannabis Bill

Plans to legalize the growing of cannabis for medical use were submitted to Greece's parliament on Wednesday. Athens is fast-tracking the legislation after ministers attended a medical cannabis trade fair last month. The government last year authorized the import of several...

Hot List of Names in Novartis Scandal Case Tabled in Greek Parliament

The file on Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis that concerns allegations of corruption and bribery and is currently being investigated by prosecutors will not be made public. However, party representatives and other interested parties will be able to read the file...

Athens Protest Against Multi-bill Turns to Rioting

Rioting between anti-establishment protesters and the Greek police occurred outside the Greek parliament house on Monday evening, at the end of the march against the government's omnibus bill. Some protesters from the tail of the march threw Molotov cocktails, paint,...

Greece to Approve Use of Medical Cannabis

The Greek parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister has said, adding that the change would attract investment to the country. "In a few weeks' time, an amendment will be...

Greek Lawmakers To Fast-Track Raft of Reforms

Greek lawmakers are to fast-track an enormous bill needed for the country to complete a third review of its  bailout program. The 400-article, 1,326-page bill includes several thorny issues that opposition parties are likely to vote against. It will be introduced...

Greek Lawmakers To Vote On Limiting Islamic Courts

Lawmakers in Greece are set to limit the powers of Islamic courts which operate in a border region that is home to a 100,000-strong Muslim minority, acting in response to a European court complaint. Islamic courts operated by the local...

Greek Parliament Approves 2018 Budget After Fierce Debate

After a fierce parliamentary debate, Greek lawmakers on Tuesday approved by majority the country's 2018 budget, which the government said would be the last under bailout terms. It was approved with 153 votes in favour and 144 against, at the...

Young Refugees Welcomed in Greek Parliament

Greece marked the International Migrants Day on Monday, by welcoming a group of unaccompanied refugees and migrants at a symbolic celebration in Greek parliament. Young refugees and migrants living in two camps in the Greek capital were met by President...

Parliamentary Committee Revokes Approval of Saudi Arms Deal

The Greek parliament's Committee on Armament Programs and Contracts revoked its agreement to sell military equipment to Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented move by the body. The arms deal had been approved by the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and...

Parliament to Vote on Bill Allowing Casinos in Tourist Destinations

Greek lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill that would legalize three casinos in the popular tourism destinations of Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos, and also allow the country’s current gambling establishments to relocate. The latter is perhaps the more...