ND in­sists it is in fa­vor of cit­i­zen­ship for Greek Jews

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New Democ­racy de­nied on Satur­day that it failed to vote in fa­vor of an amend­ment tabled by coali­tion MPs that grants cit­i­zen­ship to the de­scen­dants of Greek Jews who did not re­turn to Greece after World War II.

The con­ser­va­tives were recorded as vot­ing “present,” equiv­a­lent to ab­stain­ing, dur­ing last week’s bal­lot, prompting a re­buke from Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras.

“This de­ci­sion car­ries strong sym­bol­ism at a time when the far-right is on the rise in Europe," he said. “No­body is sur­prised that Golden Dawn voted against it but New Democ­racy should be ashamed of its hyp­o­crit­i­cal stance.”

The con­ser­va­tives is­sued a state­ment ac­cus­ing the gov­ern­ment of pro­pa­ganda. New Democ­racy also in­sisted that dur­ing the debate on the amend­ment, its par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Yian­nis Ke­faloyian­nis, had in­di­cated the party’s sup­port for the amend­ment but that its po­si­tion was recorded in­cor­rectly.

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