June 26, 2013
Greece government list under Samaras / New Democracy
With the cabinet changes, list of personnel has been made:
Prime Minister:Antonis Samaras
Government Vice-President and Foreign Minister: Evangelos Venizelos
Deputy: Dimitris Kourkoulas
Deputy: Akis Gerontopoulos
Finance Minister: Yannis Stournaras
Alternate: Christos Staikouras
Deputy: Giorgos Mavraganis
Administrative Reform and E-Governance Minister: Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Deputy: Evi Christophilopoulou
Interior Minister: Yiannis Michelakis
Alternate: Leonidas Grigorakos
National Defence Minister: Dimitris Avramopoulos
Alternate: Fofi Genimata
Deputy: Athanasios Davakis
Development and Competitiveness Minister: Costis Hatzidakis
Deputy: Athanasios Skordas
Deputy: Notis Mitarakis
Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister: Michalis Chrysochoidis
Deputy: Michalis Papadopoulos
Environment, Energy & Climate Change Minister: Yiannis Maniatis
Alternate: Stavros Kalafatis
Deputy: Asimakis Papageorgiou
Education and Religious Affairs Minister: Constantinos Arvanitopoulos
Deputy: Kostas Gioulekas
Deputy: Symeon Kedikoglou
Culture and Sports Minister: Panos Panayiotopoulos
Deputy Minister for Sports: Yiannis Adrianou
Labor, Social Security and Welfare Minister: Yiannis Vroutsis
Deputy: Vasilis Kegeroglou
Health Minister: Adonis Georgiadis
Deputy: Antonis Bezas
Deputy: Zeta Makri
Rural Development and Food Minister: Athanasios Tsaftaris
Deputy: Maximos Charakopoulos
Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Minister: Charalambos Athanasiou
Public Order and Citizen Protection Minister: Nikos Dendias
Tourism Minister: Olga Kefalogianni
Merchant Marine Minister: Miltiadis Varvitsiotis
Macedonia-Thrace Minister: Theodoros Karaoglou
State Minister: Dimitris Stamatis
Deputy Minister for Public Radio and Television: Pantelis Kapsis
Government spokesman and Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister: Simos Kedikoglou
New Democracy was founded in 1974 by Konstantinos Karamanlis and the first governmentformed that same year was called the Third Hellenic Republic.
Past Highlights of Samaras Government
November 15, 2013
“IT IS the bad-news season,” says an adviser to Antonis Samaras’s struggling coalition government. He means the onset of winter, when cash-strapped Greeks start worrying about the price of heating fuel. A new property tax in next year’s budget, due to be presented to parliament on November 21st, is another headache. Farmers are being asked to pay tax on their landholdings for the first time. Squeezed by five years of austerity, one-third of property owners claim they will be unable to pay up, according to a survey by the Athens chamber of commerce.
Mr Samaras’s centre-right New Democracy party and its junior partner, the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok), narrowly survived a no-confidence vote in the early hours of November 11th. The motion was proposed by Alexis Tsipras, boss of Syriza, a hard-left opposition party, in an attempt to bring a fractious far-left faction of his party on board after he pledged in a speech during a trip to America that, if elected, he would not take Greece out of the euro."
October 1, 2014
"The move was preemptive because the government expected the opposition to file a no-confidence motion next week, a senior government official said today by phone. It was also designed to demonstrate that the coalition has no plans to call a snap election before the president’s term expires in March, the official said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.
“Polls show that support for the government is weakening and public opinion wants elections,” John Loulis, an Athens-based political analyst and communications strategist, said by phone today. “The move to ask for a confidence vote is an attempt to cluster support from its lawmakers and show that it still commands power.”
October 11, 2014
"The government breezed through a confidence vote that took place after midnight on Friday as it gained the support of its own MPs but no other members of Parliament.
The final results saw 155 MPs back the coalition, two lawmakers vote "present" and 131 deputies vote against the government.
....SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras insisted that the government would soon be removed from power as it would be unable to elect a president in February."
December 16, 2014Fear again haunts the eurozone - ethnos.gr
"There is concern that populists will come to power, and that political instability will exacerbate fear and making it harder still for the development desperately needed in the euro zone.
In this context and with the negotiations on the metamnimoniaki season to continue, Antonis Samaras uses the presidential election as a "vote of confidence" for his government, and Tsipras accusesthe Prime Minister of playing the 'fear card'."