Nikitas Kaklamanis

Flag-Raising and National Anthem Ceremony Abolished in Greek Schools

The Ministry of Education has abolished the ceremony of raising the Greek flag and the singing of the national anthem at primary schools. After the controversial decision to select flag-bearers following a draw of all students irrespective of school achievement,...

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...

New Democracy Leader Says Party 'Will be Called Upon to Play its Historic Role Again'

New Democracy (ND) will be very soon called upon "to play its historic role," Former Prime Minister and party leader Antonis Samaras said, chairing the first meeting of the party's executive secretariat since losing the Greek national elections on January 25. Samaras...

EU Commissioner Avramopoulos Govt Candidate for the Greek Presidency?

The European Commissioner for Immigration, Citizenship and Internal Affairs, and New Democracy (ND) member, Dimitris Avramopoulos, is rumored to be the SYRIZA-led coalition government nominee for the upcoming Presidential election in Greece. According to Greek newspaper "To Vima," the first...

Botsis Foundation Honors 17 Greek Journalists

The “Athanassios Botsis” Foundation for the Promotion of Journalism presented its prestigious annual awards to 17 Greek journalists yesterday at the Old Parliament House in downtown Athens, Greece . The ceremony was attended amongst others by the President of the Hellenic...

Former Athens Mayor Rejoins New Democracy Party

Former Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis has rejoined the governing New Democracy party, bringing the parliamentary majority of the Greek coalition government to 155 MPs. Kaklamanis had been removed from the party in March after refusing to back a liberalization bill, while he went...

For EU Elections, Samaras Pleads For Stability, SYRIZA For Mandate

Following mixed results - losses in Attica and Athens and wins across other municipalities around the country - Prime Minister and New Democracy conservative leader Antonis Samaras is asking Greek voters to support his coalition government as it heads...

New Democracy Downplays Attica Election Setback

The ruling New Democracy Conservatives, stung from a poor showing in Athens and the Attica region in the May 18 first round of Greek municipal elections, said the party was doing better across the country and would rally in...

Kaminis Says Spiliotopoulos Hypocrite Over Athens Mosque

Athens Mayor George Kaminis, facing challenges in the May 18 elections, has accused one of his rivals, New Democracy candidate Aris Spiliotopoulos, of being two-faced for opposing a mosque in the city that his ruling party has backed. Spiliotopoulos at...

Now Spiliotopoulos Supports Mosque – Out of Athens' Center

  Reeling from a backlash of criticism, New Democracy’s candidate for Athens Mayor, Aris Spiliotopoulos, said he now backs plans to create a mosque in Athens - as long as it's not in the historic center as currently planned. The coalition...