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New Democracy (ND) came first with 39,8%, a percentage close to ND’s usual electoral score before the Greek Crisis erupted in 2009. ND’s vote count is not that impressive (2.251.411 votes), it is almost the same number of votes as Syriza got at the January 2015 elections (2.246.064). The electoral law provides a 50-seat bonus… » read more

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Syriza government has done much since 2015. Many positive steps, most within tight budget restrictions, regarding the strengthening of social rights and institutions, economic recovery and the steady creation of a favorable environment to stimulate production and boost business opportunities. However, there is yet a lot to be done to fully address the causes and… » read more

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Το αποτέλεσμα των ευρωεκλογών της 26ης Μαΐου θα καθορίσει το μέλλον της ΕΕ, τις πολιτικές που θα εφαρμοστούν σε μια σειρά από σημαντικά θέματα τα επόμενα χρόνια, κυρίως όμως θα δείξει προς τα που θα πάει το ευρωπαϊκό καράβι. Και ο ρόλος της χώρας μας, μέσω της εκπροσώπησής της στην Ευρωβουλή, στη λήψη αυτών των… » read more

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In a recent interview on Greece’s domestic politics, the head of ND opposition party Mr Mitsotakis doubted about whether social benefits and Christmas bonus are necessary. He also added that such benefits turn employees ”hostages” of a clientelist system, insinuating that these fundamental pillars of a welfare state should be revised, cut or even abolished.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras was interviewed yesterday by ANT1 news anchor. He covered all domestic issues thoroughly, briefly recalled the deeds of Syriza government both before and after the exit from bailout programs, underlined his major goals ahead to triple elections, i.e. European Elections, Municipal Elections, National Elections, expected in early October 2019.

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The leadership of the centre-left Movement for Change, the coalition that merged in late 2017 by Pasok, the River, Democratic Left and other smaller group is officially denying any alliance with neither Syriza nor New Democracy party. Nonetheless, during the last months, Fofi Gennimata, the leader of the Movement has been outspoken, adopting the populist… » read more

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The Macedonia name dispute has been dealt successfully with the Prespa agreement after a 26-year-old deadlock, and debt relief has been secured with the decision of the Eurogroup on June 21 after eight years under tough bailout programs. The big political challenge for the Tsipras government is just beginning: how the benefits of exiting memoranda… » read more

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