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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Tsipras Government Wins Confidence Vote in Hellenic Parliament

00 Alexis Tsipras. SYRIZA. Greece. 11.02.15


On Wednesday, the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a confidence vote in the Hellenic Parliament. 162 members of his coalition supported him, 149 from the SYRIZA bloc and 13 from their coalition partners in ANEL, but 137 opposition lawmakers voted against the motion. The government needed to win the vote of confidence, as it must prove it has enough votes to pass bills in parliament before it can start work. Tsipras pledged that on Wednesday, following the vote of confidence, he’d start to implement actions to ameliorate the humanitarian crisis in the country.

11 February 2015

Sputnik International



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Greece Must Turn to Russia: Independent Greeks

15.05.12 Greece and Banksters


Gabriel Avramidis of the Independent Greeks (ANEL) bloc told TASS that Greece must adjust its geopolitical priorities and turn towards Russia. ANEL joined in a coalition government with the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), which won last Sunday’s parliamentary election. Avramidis stated that rethinking Greece’s geopolitical alliances was important to ANEL leader Panos Kammenos. Avramidis said, “We believe that [Greece] should make a geopolitical turn towards the Russian Federation. It isn’t coincidental that Panos Kammenos visited Moscow on 15 January, meeting members of the ruling party, including A K Pushkov, the Chairman of the RF Gosduma Committee on Foreign Affairs. The signals that we’ve already received are very important. Greek television and other media didn’t publicise the statement of Russian Minister of Agriculture N V Fyodorov that if Greece comes under EU pressure, Russia is ready to lift the embargo and begin to buy Greek agricultural products with a 30-year treaty”. Avramidis also described recent statements that Russia plans to build a gas pipeline to supply natural gas to Central and Eastern Europe via Turkey and Greece, and to end the transit of Russian gas to Europe through the Ukraine by 2019 as very important. He said, “These are important issues that we’d advance as a political party. We support the strengthening of relations with Russia in this area”.

27 January 2015



Sunday, 25 January 2015

SYRIZA Wins Big in Greek Election… Will Form New Government

00 SYRIZA. Greece. 19.01.15


On Sunday, based on exit polls, Russian media reported that Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) won enough votes to form a new government. The rightwing New Democracy bloc, led by current Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, received 25 percent of votes, followed by the Far Right Golden Dawn bloc, which garnered about 6 percent. Seven parties managed to pass the 3-percent threshold. The decision to hold early legislative elections in Greece came in December 2014, after the Hellenic Parliament failed to elect a new President of the Hellenic Republic. SYRIZA vowed to modify Greece’s austerity measures, aimed to meet the bailout conditions set by international creditors in exchange for multibillion Euro loans issued over Greece’s sovereign debt crisis.


On Sunday, according to an official projection issued by the Greek Ministry of the Interior, the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) received 36.5 percent of votes in the Greek parliamentary election. Next was the rightwing New Democracy bloc, with 27.7 percent, followed by the Far Right Golden Dawn with 6.3 percent, neoliberal centre-right To Potami with 5.9 percent, and the Hellenic Communist Party with 5.6 percent. A Ministry of the Interior source noted, “Seven parties will enter the parliament. SYRIZA will get 150 seats, according to preliminary data”, observing that preliminary numbers will change as they count more votes. The projection came after officials counted a quarter of the votes.


Greek media reported that the leader of  SYRIZA, tipped by exit polls to win the current Greek election is true to his socialist beliefs… he makes his home in a modest apartment in an average Athens neighbourhood. Greek website protothema.com posted, “Alexis Tsipras lives with his partner and two children in a beige-coloured block of flats in the modest, working-class district of Kyspeli, Athens, at 4a Harmony Street. His seven-storey apartment block overlooks an empty lot full of rubbish and two abandoned cottages. The walls of the streets where he lives are covered with graffiti scrawled with politically-tinged messages”.

The down-to-earth style of Tsipras, 40, may hold the key to the popularity of the man whose party is currently leading in exit polls and is on course to head the next Greek government, governing with a left-wing anti-austerity programme. The Telegraph reported that neighbours of Tsipras, whose youngest son’s middle name is Ernesto, after Che Guevara, said the politician isn’t distinct from the rest of the residents. Marketing manager Kostas Stroubis told the paper, “He comes and goes mostly in a car. We’re wondering whether he’ll move somewhere smarter if he becomes Prime Minister”. A former taxi driver said, “Tsipras understands the tragic situation that Greece is in. He wants to lift the bestial pressure placed on us by the bankers”.

Tsipras, who trained as an engineer, first cut his political teeth in 1990 when, having joined the Communist youth movement, he took part in protests against education reforms and became one of the main negotiators with the government on behalf of student protestors. On Sunday evening, Greek pollsters forecast that SYRIZA should win 150 seats, one short of an outright majority.

25 January 2015

Sputnik International





This comes at a bad time for the Uniate junta. It means that the EU will be preoccupied with Greece for some time, putting the Ukraine on a back burner. The USA will be more concerned with Greece, too… on top of its fixation on ISIS (it sees that if it doesn’t act quickly, Iraq will fall into Iran’s orbit, totally negating the political effect of the 2003 Bush Aggression). In short, there may be NO resources left for the Poroshenko Clique. I believe that the original Ukrainian coup occurred because the American leadership had its vision fixed on Iraq and on domestic concerns. This left the field free for Galician diaspora elements in Langley who fomented the coup to favour their local clients. A year on, their pets have fucked up royally… the coup created a state that’s a veritable A-One Clusterfuck… everyone’s betting on how long it’s gonna take for them to go down. Now, with a leftist victory in Greece, the American leadership again is distracted. I believe that this will embolden neocons and diaspora Galicians… Poroshenko might end up dead. Who’ll replace him? Beyond it being one of the Triumvirate (Turdchinov, Avakov, or the Rabbit), no one knows.

SYRIZA faces many foes, both internal and external. Sadly, the EU and the USA will do their best to subvert them. Greece may be the beginning of a new dawn for the Left or the beginning of a new Long Night of bankster neoliberal hell. We’ll have to see…


Friday, 16 January 2015

Greece Backs Russian Decision to Scrap Gas Transit via the Ukraine



On Friday, Dimitris Velanis, a member of the Council of the Greek-Russian Chamber of Trade, told Sputnik that Moscow’s decision to shift gas transit from the Ukraine to Turkey is fair and would be good for Greece, saying, “Russia’s decision to change the gas route to Turkey sounds entirely justified. Stupid and illogical EU politics can’t hold Russia ‘hostage’. Europe has to stop Ukrainian provocations in [the Donbass], and by so doing, guarantee regular gas supplies to Europe. The EU imposed sanctions on Russia that undermine the development of bilateral energy coöperation, but at the same time, it accuses Russia of refusing to supply gas. This is where one can see a double standard in policy; in the end, it’ll boomerang on Europe”. Velanis emphasised that the Greek government is ready “to support any Russian decision about gas supplies to Greece and through Greece to other European countries”. According to Velanis, the Greeks are extremely interested in developing energy coöperation with Russia, as “any child could understand that neither American shale gas, nor the Baku Trans Adriatic pipeline is enough to satisfy European demand for gas”.

In December 2014, President Putin announced that Moscow had to scrap its long-overdue South Stream project, intended to serve as a means of avoiding passage through the Ukraine, citing continued opposition from Brussels. The so-called Turkish Stream is an alternative route that will run under the Black Sea to Turkey and on to Europe, with a gas hub also planned on the Turkish-Greek border. Former Hellenic Parliament Deputy ad current Parliamentary candidate Athanasios Petrakos told Sputnik, “This decision creates a new geopolitical situation. The 50 billion cubic metres of gas per year that’ll accumulate in Turkey’s border with Greece are a great opportunity for Greece to upgrade its geopolitical role”. Petrakos, who is in charge of the leading SYRIZA party’s energy policy, emphasised, “The new government of SYRIZA, after 25 January [parliamentary elections in Greece], will help to upgrade the energy role of Greece and is ready to discuss the splitting of the Hub between Turkey and Greece”. According to Petrakos, with the creation of the dual hub, Greece will become an important factor in supplying Europe with Russian gas.

Greece will hold snap parliamentary elections on 25 January. The Greek parliament failed to elect a president in the third and final round of voting on 29 December 2014, so, it had to dissolve. Polls show that Eurosceptic party SYRIZA is most likely to win the forthcoming vote.

16 January 2015

Sputnik International


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