Po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence

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The SYRIZA-In­de­pen­dent Greeks coali­tion is be­gin­ning to be­have in a quasi-au­thor­i­tar­ian man­ner. The way in which the gov­ern­ment sacked Ka­te­rina Sav­vaidou, gen­eral sec­re­tary for pub­lic rev­enues, is not con­sis­tent with the in­sti­tu­tion’s in­de­pen­dence and points to a clear in­ten­tion to po­lit­i­cally ma­nip­u­late the coun­try’s in­spec­tion mech­a­nisms. In­de­pen­dent author­i­ties and heads of pub­lic util­ity com­pa­nies with no party af­fil­i­a­tion have come in for tough crit­i­cism. New leg­is­la­tion re­gard­ing the me­dia re­moves power from in­de­pen­dent author­i­ties and passes it on to min­is­ters. In the jus­tice depart­ment, there have been ap­point­ments and omis­sions which have raised con­sid­er­able ques­tions. All the above demon­strate that the gov­ern­ment is re­sort­ing to the kind of ap­proach rem­i­nis­cent of past decades. In­stead of keep­ing key in­sti­tu­tions free from par­ti­san in­flu­ence, th­ese seem to be suf­fo­cat­ing un­der gov­ern­ment con­trol.

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