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Samaras' Golden Dawn Trump Card: Joker

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Capitalist leader, may yet rue that he sat on his hands and let the neo-Nazi nutcakes of Golden Dawn run amok, beating immigrants, demanding the arrest of blasphemers, shutting down plays,...

SYRIZA Demands Parliament Debate On Baltakos Affair

Leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has written to Parliament Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis demanding he allow a debate over a leaked video that showed a former top aide to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras alleging charges against the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn...

Parliament Delays Could Free Golden Dawn Suspects

A number of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn lawmakers, including the party leader, could be released from pre-trial detention because Parliament isn't acting fast enough to lift the immunity of other party MP's prosecutors want to charge with an array of...

Prosecutor Asks Parliament About Lifting Kasidiaris' Immunity

The leading prosecutor in the case of the video secretly filmed by Ilias Kasidiaris, which shows the former cabinet secretary, Panayiotis Baltakos in conversation with the Golden Dawn MP, has sent the case file to the Greek Parliament asking...

Baltakos Moots New Democracy – Golden Dawn Merger

Former Greek cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos, who was forced to resign over a video showing him in friendly talks with a Golden Dawn MP, has mooted a merger between the conservative ruling New Democracy and the neo-nazi ultranationalist Golden...

Greek Anti-Racism Bill Back On Track

An anti-racism bill stalled four months ago in an apparent political power play has been brought back by the government and seeks to stiffen penalties for crimes concerning hate, discrimination and violence. The package was initially seen as yet another...

Prosecutor Targets Kasidiaris Over Secret Video

Moving to head off the release of more secret videos that could provide claims the government has trumped up charges against the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, a prosecutor has asked Parliament to lift the immunity of the extremists spokesman...

Tsipras Blasts "Samaras Gate" Scandal

With Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras trying to downplay a secret videotape that showed a former top aide claiming charges against the rival neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were concocted, major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis...

New Democracy Hardliner Drops Candidacy

Failos Kranidiotis, a lawyer who is considered among Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s closest aides, said he would not be running as a New Democracy candidate for European Parliament in May’s elections, the second of the Premier's closest allies to...

Stournaras: No Rush For Bond Markets

With the investment seemingly ready to embrace the first Greek bonds since the country went into a crushing financial crisis four years ago, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said it won't happen soon. "We will return by the summer, within the...