Greece: PM Samaras to tackle anti-racism bill on Monday

24 May, 11:26

    (ANSAmed) – ATHENS, MAY 24 - With divisions widening in the government coalition over the fate of a controversial anti-racism bill, sources close to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said the issue will be discussed on Monday at 6 p.m.

    between the premier and his coalition partners, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left, as daily Kathimerini reports. The premier’s hand appears to have been forced by his coalition partners who raised strong objections following a meeting of conservative New Democracy officials who agreed that the bill is redundant as most of its provisions already exist. ND officials had expressed concerns that the bill could impinge on freedom of expression.

    Conversely, PASOK and Democratic Left are keen to push the bill, which aims to impose tougher penalties on racial hatred and to curb the growing influence of the ultra-right Golden Dawn, into law. In a dig at ND, PASOK remarked that “no one has the right to influence Parliament with leaks,” referring to reports that ND officials had decided that the bill could be shelved or at least amended. (ANSAmed).

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