I feel I have to do some research on many of these and get back with info on the persons and thoughts on the government. From what I see some are recycled ministers from earlier governments. Only one woman also seemspretty backward. Third, the fact that PASOK and DIMAR do not participate with ministers weakens this administration the most. The signal is they want to be able to dodge accountability if everything goes belly up. They also avoid compromising their own high profile figures + can more easily throw down the government and force new elections if that should suit them

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (ND)

Administrative Reform and E-Governance Minister Antonis Manitakis (technocrat, prof of constitutional law)

Deputy Manousos Voloudakis (ND)

Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Dendias (ND)
Defence Minister Panos Panagiotopoulos (ND)

Alternative Panagiotis Karampelas

Deputy Dimitris Elefsiniotis

Development and Infrastructure Minister Kostis Hatzidakis (ND)

Alternate Stavros Kaloyiannis (ND)

Deputy Thanasis Skordas (ND)

Deputy Notis Mitarakis (ND)

Education and Culture Minister Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos (ND)

Deputy Kostas Tzavaras (ND)

Deputy Yiannis Ioannidis 

Deputy Theodoros Papatheodorou (technocrat, uni rector)

Environment, Energy & Climate Change Minister Evangelos Livieratos (technocrat, prof of geodesy and cartography)

Alternate Stavros Kalafatis (technocrat, prof)

Deputy Asimakis Papageorgiou 

Employment and Social Security Minister Yiannis Vroutsis (ND)

Deputy Nikos Nikolopoulos (ND)

Finance Minister Vasilis Rapanos (technocrat, banker)

Alternate Christos Staikouras (ND)

Deputy George Mavraganis

Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos (ND)

Deputy Dimitris Kourkoulas (technocrat, European Commission official)

Health and Social Solidarity Minister Andreas Lykourentzos (ND)

Alternate Marios Salmas (ND)

Deputy Fotini Skopouli 

Interior Minister Evripidis Stylianidis (ND)

Deputy Haralambos Athanassiou (ND)

Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Minister Antonis Roupakiotis (technocrat, lawyer)

Deputy Konstantinos Karagkounis (ND)

Macedonia-Thrace Minister Theodoros Karaoglou (ND)

Rural Development and Food Minister Athanasios Tsaftaris (technocrat, prof of genetics and plant breeding)

Deputy Maximos Harakopoulos (ND)

Shipping and Island Policy Minister Kostis Moussouroulis (ND) 

Deputy George A Vernicos (technocrat, entrepreneur and social activist)

Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni (ND)

State Minister Dimitris Stamatis (ND)

Government spokesperson Simos Kedikoglou (ND)

Parliamentary speaker Vangelis Meimarakis (ND)


On Golden dawn

When I was about nine years old I remember my mother showing me the walls of the house where she grew up. This was in Edessa, a small northern Greek town close to the then Yugoslav border, mostly unknown but for its waterfall and cherry trees.

The walls weren’t particularly tall, thick or finely decorated, quite the opposite actually. What she showed me that day were bullet holes around to the door and windows that the tooth of time hadn´t been able to eradicate.  The house had been fired upon by both German Nazi troops and communist guerrillas.

In light of the last elections where a neo Nazi party got 7% of the vote and for the first time gained entrance to parliament I just feel the need to voice my own outrage.

Yeah well so I just disregard the soviet nostalgic communists who have been in parliament for decades?

No, I don´t like their system, opinions or what communism has lead to, and I don´t want them anywhere near power but at least in Greece I´ll have to call them the lesser evil in comparison.

Myself I was born in Thessaloniki, a city that had had an important Jewish minority since before Christian times. First they were decimated in the fires of 1916, but after the Nazis had done their work they had killed more than 90% of them.

We got divided in the civil war, but before that we had all fought together against the common foe, the Nazi foe.

Now Golden Dawn wants to crack down on immigrants, Jews, homosexuals and there is ample footage on youtube of just how violently they are willing to act. All the while calling for their oh so precious strong leader.

As a democrat I am appalled by their use of violence as a political means.

As an antiracist I am appalled by their disregard for human rights.

As a Greek in diaspora I was brought up with a set of values that were said to be the core of our ways, namely filoxenia (hospitality), filotimo (honorable ways) and eleutheria (freedom)

If these values still hold as core values, then Golden Dawn are not just abominable for being Nazis, they’re downright traitors to the nation they claim to love so much.

I´ll admit to some nationalist sentiments myself such as getting emotional when hearing songs about Thessaloniki by Mitropanos, or  fiercely pointing out that I am as much Greek as I am Swedish even though I´ve lived all my life in Sweden.

But this is another thing Golden Dawn misses out on. Greeks have been a diaspora for thousands of years. We have always been all over the place and in modern times we as well as the Greek state depended on us being well received in places like Australia, Canada, the USA, Germany and Sweden because of the vast amounts of money we sent back or brought back. Sometimes we were labor migrants, at other times students or traders and at others still we were the refugees.

Some of us helped build and rebuild Germany and Scandinavia and others came to seek asylum during the dictatorship.

Do we not all of us have a moral debt vis à vis those who come to Greece seeking safety today then? To receive them just like we were received by others and in line with our own heritage of hospitality?

Some would say that we can´t afford the immigrants, we can´t even feed ourselves. On one hand the EU has to spread responsibilities for the reception of immigrants and change current policies. With people starving, an abundance of corruption and notoriously populist mismanaging politicians we admittedly need help.

But if we give up on our core values like filoxenia, filotimo ki eleutheria, then what’s left of us to save?


Just saw a clip from Greek TV-channel ANT1 where the representative from Nazi party Golden Dawn throws a glass of water at his counterpart from SYRIZA and then swings at the woman from communist KKE.

Outrageous behavior by him some would say, but wait, outrageous? I would expect no more from him. He belongs to a violent party built on hate. I can understand him going to the show and also the woman from KKE. They have got no credibility to lose. I have less understanding for the representatives from New Democracy and SYRIZA who agreed to take part in a debate show with those other two. No way they could have thought that there was a possibility for serious discussions. But most appallin g of all in my mind is the decision from ANT1 to have a debate with this setup. Ehat did they hope for? Say a serious discussion and I name you a liar. Sensationalist unjournalism is what I call it, when the public could well use pretty much anything but that.


In today’s Swedish edition of Metro, economist Johan Norberg takes a look at the Computer engineer Diomedis Spinelli’s work to set the Greek taxation system aright. That there is a widespread clientelism system throughout the country is nothing new. It´s been ongoing since at least roman times.

Spinellis started off on a positive note, having seen that there were several easily made alterations that would improve the system. But then what happened?

According to Norberg, Spinellis was instrumental in computerizing a paperwork system so that it would be a little bit harder to cheat and easier to supervise. But, he goes on, even when the local taxation bureaus finally knew who should pay what amount, the tax money still didn’t get collected.

The tax collector’s union sued him because he made them look bad (!).

 Not enough political support was given to enforce the corrections proposed.

Basically we like to single out politicians as liars and cheats, but the rot has spread and so many parts of the society have festered it is hard to go anywhere and expect to be treated correctly.

Too many people have earned too little for too long and rely on the bribes to get by. They have no reason to believe things will get better if they stop. They´re damned if they don´t cause then they might actually starve and they´re damned if they do cause everyone can see the system collapsing now, right?

And in the end there are the millions of people who do not get a piece of the action, the employees who see their conditions worsen and who haven´t been part of the decay but bear the brunt of the burden, what about them?

So, would everything be hunky dory if Spinellis modernization of our taxsystem was enforced? Hell no!

This is not THE steppingstone towards economic salvation, but it is one of many important babysteps towards recomposing the state and nation.

One of those babysteps is also being helped by Swedish fiscal authorities and other EU counterparts. Amongst other things they work on decreasing the number of local tax offices which have been too many, too independent and too corrupt.

Is this our darkest hour? I can think of no other since the words “Edo polytexneio” turned things around almost 40 years ago during the dictatorship.

My mother used to tell me that us Greeks, we are individualists that won´t lift a finger in cooperation until disaster has bitten half through our necks.

At that point we have rallied against the foreign powers that sought to defeat us or occupy us. Well this time we are our own worst enemies. Blaming immigrants, Germans, Troikas, the EU or the old favorite the USA is simply unworthy.

Faced with unemployment rates from hell and a mismanaged state that bears comparison to no other in Europe one would have hoped that the politicians at least would have drawn some conclusions by the elections held on the 6th of May.

Fingers are justly pointed at the two parties that have run the country since 1974 end especially at the ruling families who have profited. But we are all guilty by putting them there by reelecting them and by every act of cheating the system be it big or small.

On the 6th of May the people showed they did no longer want to put their trust into the same old parties or the same old hands that steer them.

Neither PASOK nor ND have since done their homework. They both point out that they are the parties that separate us from the abyss, but will not aknowledge that it´s their dismal politics and corrupt ways that put us in this mess to start with.

When you do wrong but want to make amends there are some basic steps that can´t be ignored.

Firstly, you assume responsibility for your actions and inactions.

Second, you apologize for them.

Third, you present new candidates that can be credible when saying that they had nothing to do with the old mistakes. People that have been successful in their civil careers and who will get ahead politically because of their own capacity rather than family ties.

Fourth, you engage in a serious dialogue with the voters. Meet them, answer their questions and let their opinions influence you within the limits of your ideology and set of ethics.

Fifth and this is the most important part. You start looking the truth in the eye and rather than thrashing your opponents, you bring forth your own set of values and solutions to the problems at hand. And then you open your mind to coalitions between your own party and others.

I do not think the people will trust you more if you badmouth your opponents. I am actually uncertain if we even care overly about your opinions on most issues save the Euro and the memorandum.

I´m a politician myself in Sweden and at first I was looking for a liberal party in Greece to support. But right now I would say that ideology is somewhat secondary (within democratic reason).

What I would look for is candidates who not only talk the talk, but also have shown that they are people of action who have walked the walk in their professional careers. Ones who will stand above the stale bickering in the talkshows and show that actions speak louder than words.

If they manage to keep us within the Euro I might even cheer for a coalition of leftist parties.

My personal opinions fall more in line with ND, PASOK and the liberal parties and on the issue of the memorandum and the Euro I would also add DIMAR. If they actually do what they say then they have my support. But so far the leaders haven´t honored the agreements they signed, monopolies haven´t been abolished and the system is as corrupt as ever.

I am ready to follow a credible candidate who means business and who will set these wrongs aright. Since one of the mindboggling laws of my native homeland prohibits me from voting at the embassy I would even be prepared to fly down and vote for such a person.

So if you´re there present yourself and I´ll follow.

Different sides of ones identity float around more or less unnoticed until they are besieged, beset or called into question. In short I´ve grown several inches more Greek over the last few years.

But how to vote now that we apparently will be given a “second chance” on the 17th of June?

The general expectation seems to be that an even lower percentage of the voters will actually bother. People are disgusted, angry or just tired. In May many voted with their fists rather than their hearts or minds.

The cradle of democracy got itself a nazi party voted into parliament to complement the Stalinist-nostalgic KKE. But who to vote for when the so called serious parties were the ones responsible for putting us into the mess where we currently find ourselves? Turmoil plays into the hands of the extremists and populists and if we look for reasonable sounding alternatives in the middle, we once again get stuck with the same old, same old corrupt powerparties of PASOK and ND.

Personally I´d like to vote for a liberal party. But wait, there are at least three of those. All pretty new at that. Now why couldn´t they cooperate and form one party that at least would make it into parliament, giving the 6% of Greek liberal voters some representation?  

Ahh but can it be that good old personal gain and vanity thing? I mean DIMSIM´s leader Bakoyanni, the daughter of former ND leader Mitsotakis really only went liberal after losing out on becoming the new leader for the conservative ND, right?

My position has become increasingly clear. I agree with PASOKs leader Venizelos in that the Greek people have shown they want a coalition government. But there is more. For the parties to regain some credibility there has to be some real change in their lineups.

PASOK went from 40+ % to under 14%. That´s not just a way of saying we want a coalition, it´s a way of saying we don´t trust you, your representatives are the beneficiaries of corruption and nepotism. The same goes for ND.

I want to vote for reasonable, competent politicians who are not tied to the old cadres either by bloodlines or otherwise indebted. I want them to follow through with the agreements with the EU and keep us in the Euro and then help us get back on our feet.

Many political heavyweights talk about taking responsibility for the country, but maybe the best way for them to do that is by stepping down and letting new people, untainted by the old, take charge in their parties.

Ja jisses vad konstigt det känns att hitta hem till bloggen igen. Jag hade lämnat den vind för våg efter jobbytet såpass att jag glömt inloggningsuppgifterna. Nu känns det ändå som att jag ska kunna hinna med lite igen. Åsikter och tankar har studsat som vanligt