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Greek government sinks into major political crisis amid surveillance scandal: Belgian daily


The Greek government has sunk into a major political crisis amid an unfolding surveillance scandal, a Belgian daily said Friday.

The spying on opposition leader Nikos Androulakis by the National Intelligence Service (EYP), the country's spy agency, severely harms the conservative government led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, wrote L’Echo.

The situation arises particularly because EYP directly reports to the prime minister since 2019, a policy choice that has been contested ever since, the news report added.

“In a country where the memory of the junta of colonels – right-wing military junta that ruled in 1967-1974 is still very alive it starts to mean a lot," the report added.

The resignations of EYP chief Panagiotis Kontoleon and Prime Minister's Secretary General Grigoris Dimitriadis on Aug. 5 did not seem to have changed public opinion in favor of the prime minister, the daily said.

“And the questions remain. If the prime minister's right-hand man took political responsibility for this case by resigning, what did the head of government really know? Have other politicians been tapped? Is the wiretapping still going on?

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