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A Wiretapping Scandal Rattles Greece's Government

MIN READAug 17, 2022 | 18:10 GMT

Greece's then-intelligence chief Panagiotis Kontoleon is seen in Athens on July 29, 2022. Several days later, Kontoleon resigned amid a scandal involving the alleged spying of an opposition politician.

Greece's then-intelligence chief Panagiotis Kontoleon is seen in Athens on July 29, 2022. Several days later, Kontoleon resigned amid a scandal involving the alleged spying of an opposition politician.

(YIANNIS PANAGOPOULOS/Eurokinissi/AFP via Getty Images)

If an ongoing wiretapping scandal forces Greece's government to resign, the resulting political uncertainty would further deteriorate the country's economy by impeding the implementation of economic reforms and the disbursement of much-needed EU funds. On Aug. 16, Greek Justice Minister Kostas Tsiaras said his government wants a full investigation into illegal phone-hacking in Greece, including actions by previous governments, to assess the magnitude of the issue and decide a course of action. The scandal began in late July, when the leader of the center-left PASOK opposition party and a member of the European Parliament, Nikos Androulakis, denounced an attempted bugging of his mobile phone. Shortly thereafter, the director of Greece's National Intelligence Service (EYP), Panagiotis Kontoleon, reportedly told a parliamentary committee that the institution had spied on a journalist's phone. In early August, the Greek government led by the center-right New Democracy party admitted that the EYP had wiretapped Androulakis's...

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