Greece: Snubs and Empty Files

Snubs and Empty Files

The conservative New Democracy Party had just entered into a historic coalition with the Communist-led Alliance of the Left and was ready to start work. But when Cabinet members arrived at their offices last week, some found them stripped of files and equipment. Tzannis Tzannetakis, the new Prime Minister, was greeted by a single staffer, who told him, "Everything has been looked after, so there is no need for files."

The story was similar in ministry after ministry: no records, not even paper clips. Had members of Andreas Papandreou's outgoing Panhellenic Socialist Movement spirited away documents that might be incriminating? Their...

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