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Communists at Home, Capitalists Abroad (videos)

The hypocrisy of Greece's leftist government became evident once again last week, in two continents nonetheless. The administration that came to power promising to end austerity, corruption, tax evasion and protect the poor, and then did the exact opposite of...

Split within SYRIZA over Hellinikon Investment Widens

Prominent politicians within SYRIZA are expressing serious concerns or outright opposition to the planned investment of Hellinikon, contradicting official government policy. Last week, Alexis Tsipras and SYRIZA have come out in favor of the stalled investment at the former airport...

Archaeologists are Fighting a Battle to Defend the Country, Says Skourletis

"Yes, to investments but with rules that apply to everyone," Interior Minister Panos Skourletis stated on Thursday, referring to the stance adopted by Greece's Central Archaeological Council regarding the planned investment on the site of the former airport at...

Miners Protest while Greek Gov't Continues Tiff with Eldorado Gold

Hundreds of miners from the Chalkidiki region gathered outside the Ministry of Environment and Energy on Thursday to protest against the State's unwillingness to provide certain permits to their employer, Eldorado Gold. The Canadian mining company has given an ultimatum...

Free Internet for 14,500 Households on Remote Greek Islands

The permanent residents of 47 remote islands in Greece are to get free internet access based on a Joint Ministerial Decision signed on Thursday by Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media; Nikos Pappas and Interior Minister Panos Skourletis. The measure...

Greek PM Proposals Fail to Convince Municipal Workers Who Continue Strike

The proposals made on Tuesday by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Interior Minister Panos Skourletis to representatives of the municipal workers union POE-OTA failed to convince and workers decided the strike will continue through Thursday. Coming out of the meeting...

New Government Garbage Collectors Deadlock Leaves Greece Amid Mounts of Trash

Monday's new meeting between the temporary municipal workers union (POE-OTA) and Greek Minister of the Interior Panos Skourletis ended in a deadlock. As a result, piled-up trash will remain on the streets of Athens and other cities across Greece, with...

Minister of Home Affairs and POE-OTA Fail to Resolve Issues – Trash Remains Piled in the Streets

The meeting of Minister of Interior Panos Skourletis with the POE-OTA (Federation of Contract Employees of Cleaning) concluded without any significant effect on Saturday afternoon, after the legislative regulation was announced on Monday by the Minister of the Interior on...

Greek Municipal Workers Likely to Escalate Strike Beyond Thursday

The municipal workers union POE-OTA are to decide whether to continue their strike, threatening not collect the garbage from city streets beyond Thursday unless their demands are met by the Ministry of the Interior. POE-OTA demands that contract municipal workers...

Government Announces Social Integration Measures for Roma in Menidi

The government on Friday announced a series of measures aimed to promote the social integration of Roma communities in Menidi and elsewhere in Greece, in a bid to tackle runaway crime among these groups. In a press conference also attended...