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Retired minister complains that his pension is reduced from 5,900 to 1,800 euro

01 September 2015 / 15:09:26  GRReporter
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Theodoros Pangalos defines himself as a recently impoverished pensioner since his pension has decreased from 5,900 to 1,800 euro.

In an interview with To Vima FM, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said, "I'm not greedy. I am poor, a recently impoverished pensioner. My pension is the maximum for a civil servant, which is 5,900 euro net. Now it has fallen to 1,800 euro. Deputies have taken care to keep their remuneration at decent levels. I am not saying it is high but the logic that pensioners are no longer needed as people and therefore are to be robbed, which is the logic to all pensioners in the country, should be reconsidered at some point."

Attacks against Fofi Genimata

In the same interview Theodoros Pangalos attacked PASOK leader Fofi Genimata in connection with the invitation extended to him to participate in an event to mark the anniversary of the founding of PASOK at the Zappeion on 3 September.

"The text is written so hastily as if Mrs Genimata invites herself by e-mail. This ridiculous text includes people like me who have said they will not vote for Mrs Genimata’s PASOK because they consider this a major downfall, disgrace and do not want to vote in support of all this. PASOK with 2% or 4% of the vote is a true downfall and disgrace, even if it enters parliament headed by Mrs Genimata whose only quality is that she is the daughter of the late leader of PASOK, with whom we are all connected," Pangalos said.

"Why am I on this list, since she knows that I do not want to be? Probably she wants to discredit me. This is unacceptable and aggressive and I am striking back. Could the PASOK leadership not know, for example, that Sofia Sakorafa is a fanatical member of SYRIZA?" asks the former Minister rhetorically.

Tsipras - liar and scoundrel

Simultaneously, Theodoros Pangalos called Alexis Tsipras "dangerous for society" and asked him "to withdraw and go where the biggest liars and scoundrels of history are, of whom we have had many unfortunately, from ancient times until today."

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs also urges not to vote for Tsipras for a second time, "because we will end up in a deadlock again."

Tags: Theodoros PangalosPoor pensionerFormer ministerAlexis Tsipras
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