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What's old is new again: New "center-left" movement reinvents the wheel once more

Is “Kinima Allagis” (“Movement of Change”) a new “force for change,” or a scam to write off PASOK’s debts which are said to total up to €200 million?

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First it was “Elia” (“The Olive”). Then it was “To Potami” (“The River”) founded by television journalist Stavros Theodorakis. Then it was the return of ex-prime minister George Papandreou with the KIDISO (the “Movement of Democratic Socialists”). This was followed by the “Dimokratiki Symparataxi” (“Democratic Alignment”). Somewhere in there one can also throw in former junior governing coalition partner DIMAR (the “Democratic Left”) and the “Enosi Kentroon” (“Centrists’ Union”), currently in parliament.
Save for the latter party, the remaining forces of the “old” and “new” PASOK, plus To Potami and DIMAR, have joined forces yet again, this time with the formal establishment of the “Kinima Allagis” (“Movement of Change”), which held its inaugural party congress this past weekend in Athens.
If one sees this and says that the deck chairs on the Titanic have merely been rearranged, they would not be wrong. At the congress, a parade of largely discredited “centrist” politicians made an appearance, dredging up not-too-distant memories of the politics (and the political figures) which drove Greece into a spiral of austerity, memorandums, and troika oversight.
In a tremendous bit of irony, disgraced former prime minister George Papandreou, unperturbed by the failure of his KIDISO party and apropos of nothing, appeared at the conference, calling for an end to the “hostage situation” the Greek people are facing by the “political, media, and economic establishment,” whilst adding that “[we] fought and are fighting for a Greece freed from dependencies of any kind. From lenders and from domestic or imported saviors and messiahs… from mentalities and attitudes which cultivated clientelism and the parasitic state.” The same parasitic state, of course, which his family helped foster.
In a shining example of “dumb and dumber,” Papandreou is also the re-elected president of the Socialist International. Papandreou has also previously announced that he will be a candidate with the “Movement of Change” for the first district of Athens, in the upcoming elections.
 
The even more discredited former prime minister Costas Simitis, largely reviled in Greece and without the advantage of the sentimental attachments to the family name that Papandreou enjoys, also took the stage at the party conference. With stunning arrogance, Simitis stated that “memorandums are not torn up in a day” and added that “in the future, all government policies will be co-determined with the agreements which are already in place with the EU and with our obligations towards our lenders.”
In other words, “memorandums until the sun burns out,” to paraphrase a saying which has become popular in Greece in recent years.
According to the leader of the new movement Fofi Gennimata, who was also a leader of the “Democratic Alignment,” PASOK will be a “major propelling force” of the new movement, which will maintain a clear identity, that of the “center-left.”
In turn, Theodorakis, the leader of “To Potami,” had perhaps the best quote of all from the party congress, stating that the “Movement of Change” must “…become the force of renewal. With the values of social democracy and political liberalism we must move forward down the new paths of modern European progressive thought.” Whatever that means.
Perhaps rekindling an old love affair, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of the main opposition party, the center-right New Democracy, addressed the “Movement of Change” party congress, stating that “we were opponents for 40 years, but the national interest comes first,” adding that “there are many issues where [we can] align,” while putting forth an electoral dilemma: “SYRIZA or democracy.” New Democracy co-governed with PASOK after the follow-up parliamentary elections of June 2012, up until December 2014.
Mitsotakis has also recently alluded to New Democracy’s desire to form a broad political coalition, following the next elections.
What is most notable about this “new” movement, however, is what wasn’t uttered at the party congress: this new political entity has a new tax identification number (AFM). What does this mean? Quite simply it means that the debts incurred by PASOK under its old AFM, estimated to range between €120-€200 million, can simply be bypassed.
This at the same time that Greek households can have their property seized for debts to banks or to the Greek state as low as €500.
Yes, change is in the air indeed. And the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Opinions expressed are those of the author alone and may not reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Hellenic Insider, its publisher, its editors, or its staff, writers, and contributors.

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

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“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

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It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

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The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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