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Anadranistakis, Giorgos

Avgi, Greece

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Avgi - Greece | 22/04/2015

Greek laws no business of the US

According to a legal amendment passed last week, Greek prison inmates with an 80 percent disability or more will be allowed to complete their sentences at home. The potential release of Savvas Xiros, a Greek terrorist jailed for the murders of US citizens, has drawn harsh criticism from the US. The left-leaning daily Avgi is surprised to see the opposition siding with the US: "The US ambassador openly called for the law to be repealed. … Rather than dealing seriously with this interference in Greece's domestic affairs, the media and the parties of the opposition have reacted by mocking the government. … The so-called release is house arrest with an ankle bracelet - for someone who is 80 percent disabled and has already spent ten years behind bars. This doesn't just apply to Xiros but to all those who find themselves in a similar situation today or in the future."

Avgi - Greece | 19/03/2014

Samaras' mood of victory based on lies

After months of wrangling, Greece finally reached an agreement with the troika on further financial assistance for the country on Tuesday. The Greek head of government Antonis Samaras promised that the population would benefit from the aid - through cuts in social security contributions and the disbursement of a "social dividend" based on the surplus calculated by the government. For the left-leaning daily Avgi, these promises are just a fairytale: "The government is acting like it has achieved a victory, even though it's a lie. Otherwise it would have to say that Samaras is giving the people only 17 percent of the surplus - not the 70 percent he had promised. That the government will give 0.75 percent of the 70 billion euros it has received through the austerity memoranda back  [to the people]. That it will distribute 300 to 500 euros to 10 percent of the population, although 30 percent live below the poverty line. ... And also that the disastrous austerity measures will go on for decades yet."

Avgi - Greece | 09/03/2014

German rulers move freely in Athens

Demonstrations and protests were banned in central Athens during the official visit of German President Joachim Gauck to the city last week. The same precautions were taken for visits by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. The left-leaning daily Avgi has harsh words for such measures: "In the past 18 months something unthinkable has happened three times. Each time a German leader visits, we've had it drummed into our heads just who has the say in this country. The ruler must be able to move freely about the city, and the people should either stay at home or welcome the guest with waving flags, like a sort of folkloristic decoration. The democracy of Samaras's two-party government bans demonstrations and gatherings with laws that date back to the days of the military junta."

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