NY Times said:
When the Greek finance minister and one of his predecessors said last month that the list was missing — and another former finance minister subsequently said he had belatedly handed it over to the authorities — the story was seen as an almost laughable caper. But amid other high-profile corruption investigations that have opened in recent weeks, the story quickly assumed a darker cast. On Thursday, a former deputy interior minister — who according to the Greek news media was under investigation for corruption himself — was found dead in what appears to have been a suicide.
As the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras struggles to agree on a package of austerity measures to secure the foreign financing the country needs to stay afloat — and ahead of the first visit to Athens by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany since the debt crisis began, expected on Tuesday — the corruption investigations are seen less as a belated housekeeping effort than as a gloves-off fight, with politicians breaking allegiances in a destabilizing climate of suspicion and even blackmail.
Edited by questionmark, 08 October 2012 - 03:12 PM.