New Greek health minister forced to apologise for anti-Semitism comments

The issue was even taken to the European Commission, with MEP Stelios Kouloglou asking Margaritis Schinas, Commissioner responsible for “Promoting our European Way of Life”, if Plevris represents the EU way of life. Read more. [Shutterstock/canon_photographer]

Greece’s new minister of health, Thanos Plevris, who was appointed after a government reshuffle, was forced to apologise for anti-Semitic comments he made in the past following a harsh statement by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.

The issue was even taken to the European Commission, with MEP Stelios Kouloglou asking Margaritis Schinas, Commissioner responsible for “Promoting our European Way of Life,” if Plevris represents the EU way of life.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued a statement accusing Plevris of intolerant and pro-Nazi views in the past and called on him to apologise and condemn Holocaust deniers.

Plevris then issued a statement saying he opposed any kind of anti-Semitism.

Interior minister Makis Voridis, also a member of the current Greek government cabinet, was also forced in the past to apologise for anti-Semitic comments.

Many Greek media criticised the recent government reshuffle, saying it was a clear turn to the far-right faction of ruling New Democracy party (EPP). (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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