The Friends of Greece encourage the new European Commission to pursue the EU commitment to closely monitor Greek judicial reform and the defamation lawsuit against Greece’s former chief statistician, Andreas Georgiou. See the English language article here (subscription required).
This German review of the Spring elections in Greece closed with thoughts about the Georgiou persecution. “One of the burdens of the Tsipras government is the political instrumentalization of the judiciary. This became clear, for example, in the Kafkaesque prosecution of former statistics chief Andreas Georgiou, who was alleged to have “artificially” increased Greece’s deficit. Such obsessions should end the new government. It no longer has to fear that Greece will fall out of the Eurozone or into financial futility. That is a good condition for a new beginning.” Read the original article in German here.
Nikos Konstandaras discusses the Georgiou case and other high profile legal battles. Read the English-language article here.
Sigrún Davíðsdóttir provides a comprehensive discussion of the issues that still remain as of May 2019 in the Georgiou case. Visit the blog here.
Makedonia briefly summarizes the entire saga through March 2019 in this Greek language article available here.
In.Gr reports on the case, read the article (in Greek) here. A translation of the introductory sentences is below.
This case was set up in such a way so as to serve two poles. On the one hand, SYRIZA who had to take power by accusing the former [governments] of the deficit. On the other hand, the “Karamanlis faction”, i.e., the government which was in power from 2004 to 2009, which left a deficit of over 15% due to the incredible waste that increased public spending.
Dr. Eduard Brau, former director of the IMF Finance Department, penned an article to Die Press about the Georgiou trials in response to a Die Presse Article on Andreas Georgiou’s acquittal on the charge of inflating the Greek deficit.