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The New Democ­racy-Pasok govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to carry on with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pi­lot pro­gramme that al­lows stores to con­tinue op­er­at­ing on Sun­days has caused fresh re­ac­tions within the coali­tion.

PASOK MP Michalis Kas­sis spoke of “sub­servience” to the troika “that must end” and won­dered “what in­ter­ests are be­ing served” by hav­ing stores op­er­ate on all Sun­days.

Dim­itris Stra­toulis from SYRIZA claimed that mea­sure will ex­pand to the rest of the coun­try in or­der to abol­ish the Sun­day hol­i­day “to ben­e­fit the big stores and multi­na­tional chains” and added that the mea­sure would have a pro­found ef­fect on small businesses that are strug­gling, thus in­creas­ing un­em­ploy­ment.

The pres­i­dent of the na­tional con­fed­er­a­tion of Greek com­merce (ESEE) Vasilis Korkidis told Vima 99.5 FM that “they are mock­ing us” and re­signed from his post at New Democ­racy’s po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee. He stressed that businesses wanted to in­crease open­ing hours in the sum­mer and spoke of “cer­tain ob­ses­sive busi­ness in­ter­ests” and claimed that the goal is to ben­e­fit “4-5 or

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