Pressenza Athens

News from the Pressenza Bureau in Athens, Greece

Mass Demonstration against the New Proposed Labour Bill

On 10 June 2021 the first gathering and  protest march took place against the draft law which will be presented to parliament to be put to the vote by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Kostis Hatzidakis. The bill,…

The First MeRA25 Party Congress

Sofia Sakorafa with the Ambassador of Palestine, Marwan Toubassi. Photograph by Pressenza The first party congress of Mera25 (DiEM25’s Greek Electoral Wing) took place over three days: 4-6 June. The party already has a presence in the Greek parliament following the results of the…

Dimitris Papadimoulis: World’s Poorest Unvaccinated Can Pose Global Reinfection Threat

In the context of a series of interviews for Pressenza agency with MEPs from the European parties who vote in the European Parliament for the abolition of patents for vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics related to the pandemic, we discuss with…

Freedom of the Press 2021: Greece in 70th Place in the World

The  World Press Freedom Index 2021  published by Reporters without Borders (RSF) shows that journalism, “the basic vaccine against misinformation”, is being blocked completely or in part in 73% of the 180 countries which the organization monitors. This year’s Index,…

Designing pharmaceuticals for people – not for profit [video]

The production of medicines and vaccines as well as the massive public investments in underlying research is largely left in the hands of a profit-seeking private sector, despite the vital importance of public health, Why do covid-19 vaccines belong to…

The WWF addresses (Greek) Members of Parliament concerning the National Recovery Plan

By means of a detailed presentation to the parliamentarians, the environmental organization WWF Hellas raises a number of serious issues concerning the National Recovery & Resilience Plan which are important to be raised during the relevant discussion. On the process,…

Initiative Against Authoritarianism in Greece

We are migrants from Greece. We are those who were forced to leave our country or cannot return, because of the financial crisis brought upon us by the memoranda agreements. The political developments in Greece and the intensifying state and…

We support two European Citizens’ Initiatives: Basic Income and No Profit on Pandemic

The European Commission has several technocratic ways of consulting with EU citizens. It also has several ways, again technocratically, to apply pressure to have certain issues (which citizens believe are not being adequately acted upon) discussed and on which a…

Women who Build the Future: Alexia Tsouni

Started on March 8, International Women’s Day, Pressenza is publishing a series of video interviews entitled “Women who build the future, Towards a nonviolent culture ”. In this interview Marianella Kloka speaks with Alexia Tsouni from Greece. Alexia is an activist…

International arms transfers level off after years of sharp growth; Middle Eastern arms imports grow most, says SIPRI

International transfers of major arms stayed at the same level between 2011–15 and 2016–20. Substantial increases in transfers by three of the top five arms exporters—the USA, France and Germany—were largely offset by declining Russian and Chinese arms exports. Middle…

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