Category Archives: Παρεμβάσεις

A triumph for The Athens Review of Books: Our review has appointed the President and two vice presidents of the Greek Supreme Court



The Athens Review of Books had predicted who would be appointed to the presidency to the presidency of the Greek Supreme Court for civil and criminal affairs (Areios Pagos) since early May, when the court published the infamous, and damning for us, decision 697/2017, that upheld the preceding ridiculous Appeals Court decision 4034/2015.

Θρίαμβος της Athens Review of Books: Εξέλεξε Πρόεδρο και δυο Αντιπροέδρους του Αρείου Πάγου

ΚΛΙΚ για μεγέθυνση


Η Athens Review of Books εγνώριζε τις επιλογές στον Άρειο Πάγο από τις αρχές του περασμένου Μαΐου οπότε δημοσιεύθηκε η εναντίον μας κατάπτυστη απόφαση 697/2017 του Αρείου Πάγου, που επικύρωνε μια γελοία απόφαση του Εφετείου Αθηνών (4034/2015). Δεν είναι δυνατόν, λέγαμε, ανώτατοι δικαστές να εξευτελίζονται τόσο πολύ χωρίς σπουδαία ανταλλάγματα. Και ιδού το αποτέλεσμα: τρεις από τους πέντε δικαστές της εν λόγω συνθέσεως επελέγησαν από την κυβέρνηση για να υπηρετήσουν την «ανεξάρτητη δικαιοσύνη» (όπως την εννοεί η παρούσα κυβέρνηση): ο νέος πρόεδρος του Αρείου Πάγου Βασίλειος Πέππας και δύο αντιπρόεδροι (Πηνελόπη Ζωντανού και Γεώργιος Λέκκας).

A violation of freedom of speech


by Nasos Vayenas*

As Mr. Polakis rightly states, court judgements are not above criticism. They are not beyond reproach. But the problem with this statement is that the government limits recourse to this exclusively to cases where court judgements are not to its liking (even if they are dictated by the higher justification of complying with the Constitution).

Minister against himself ‒ at the expense of others


By Periklis Korovesis*

[….] Although memoranda affect all social activities, there is always room for a different policy in some fields, such as books. The National Book Centreof Greece has closed. The uniform book price, which was also a campaign demand by SYRIZA, has not been brought back. Acting in good faith, I sought to find SYRIZA’s policy on books.

“Anagnoseis”, the Sunday insert about books of the Greek newspaper Avgi, objectively placed SYRIZA in a privileged position to write an exemplary policy on books.

The Athens Trials


The judicial scandal in the case
“The Minister for Foreign Affairs vs The Athens Review of Books”

I propose the acceptance of the first, second, and third grounds of
appeal and the rejection of the rest.
Athens 14th October 2016

The Judge-Rapporteur of the Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece
Penelope Zontanou

Having proposed, with arguments spanning 13 pages backing her legal view, that the three main grounds of appeal be accepted, and after the hearing of the case having been conducted on the basis of that proposal, the Judge-Rapporteur of the Supreme Court , without explanation, voted against herself.

Kotzias intimidates Professor Thanos Veremis


(Ακολουθεί το ελληνικό πρωτότυπο)

The Foreign Minister of Greece sent Professor Veremis on August 29, the following threatening text through his lawyer. It is obvious that he did not change views and methods, since the time he served the propaganda of Honecker and Jaruzelski. His position of power has made his situation worse. 

Dear Mr. Veremis,

At the request of my assignor, Mr. Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, I am asking you a question and I would like a response on your behalf.