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Greek Defense Minister: This Bailout Deal Is a Coup

The first signs of dismay -but not necessarily of a crack- in the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government regarding the 86-billion-euro bailout deal appeared just a few hours after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed with international creditors in Brussels. Defense Minister and Independent Greeks (ANEL)...

Four ANEL Lawmakers Likely to Vote Against Proposals

Reports have surfaced that during Friday's parliament vote, four Independent Greeks (ANEL) lawmakers will reject the proposals the Greek government submitted to its international creditors on Thursday. Lawmakers Pavlos Haikalis, Stavroula Ksoulidou, Harisios Katanas and Nikos Mavraganis will reportedly vote...

Greek Govt Agrees on Final Bailout Proposals

Greece has now almost completed every official step it needs to reach an agreement with its international creditors. The SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government agreed on Thursday evening on the final proposals it will send to creditors for the ESM bailout program. Defense Minister and Independent...

Independent Greeks Party Member Expelled for Supporting 'Yes' Vote

The SYRIZA - Independent Greeks (ANEL) coalition government received its first significant internal blow on Thursday as ANEL leader Panos Kammenos stripped Kostas Damavolitis of party membership for expressing his intent to vote "Yes" on Sunday's referendum. Speaking to Greek radio, Damavolitis stated he would...

Greece's Migrant Naturalization Bill Expected to Pass in Principle But without ANEL Support

The government's bill on Greek citizenship and naturalization of second-generation migrants looks set to be passed in principle by Greece's Parliamentary plenum on Wednesday, though without the backing of junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL). The bill is supported by opposition parties...

'I Will Not Vote for VAT Increase in the Greek islands', Warns Defense Minister

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos warned the government that he will not support an increase on value added tax in the islands. The leader of Independent Greeks (ANEL), junior coalition partner in the SYRIZA-led government, said that he is prepared...

Draft Bill on Acquisition of Greek Nationality by Second-Generation Migrants Passed in Principle

An Interior Ministry bill modifying Greece's laws on acquiring Greek nationality was passed in principle. The bill affects the rights to Greek nationality of children that are second-generation migrants. The draft bill was supported by the ruling SYRIZA/ANEL coalition, "To Potami"...

Greek Junior Coalition Partner: We Will not Support New Austerity Measures

Greece's junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) said on Saturday they will not support any new austerity measures and added that “polyphony” of voices is hindering negotiations. Speaking to a morning talk show on Greek TV, party spokeswoman Marina Chrysoveloni said:...

Greek Opinion Poll: SYRIZA Holds Significant Lead Over New Democracy

SYRIZA leads by 21 percentage points over Greece's main opposition New Democracy in voting intention, according to an opinion poll conducted by Macedonia University. According to the survey, 36.5% of participants chose SYRIZA, 15.5% New Democracy, 6.0% "To Potami," 6.0%...

First Rift in Coalition Over Building of Mosque in Athens

Junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) voted against two amendments on the building of a mosque in Athens and tax relief on The Athens Concert Hall. The ANEL lawmakers voted against two amendments at the Greek Parliament on Tuesday night,...