Matthew Boesler | Dec. 28, 2012, 10:44 AM | 1,120 | 2
Yesterday, we reported that prosecutors from Greece's SDOE financial crimes unit had turned over the findings of a new probe into the infamous "Lagarde List" of alleged Greek tax evaders to parliament.
The big questions were what the probe would reveal when the findings were made public, and how damning they would be for the political party PASOK, a key partner in Greece's fragile ruling coalition that finds itself at the center of the unfolding scandal.
All of this comes at a time when Greece is involved with tense negotiations with international creditors at the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank in order to secure bailout loans it needs to keep the Greek economy afloat. The disbursement of the loans is contingent upon the current Greek government's ability to impose painful, unpopular austerity measures on the public.
Today, there is an uproar in Greece over a report that Giorgos Papakonstantinou, a high-ranking PASOK official who served as Greece's finance minister from October 2009 to June 2011 (and was thus a key player in the euro crisis), deleted three names from the list.