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  • Alexis Tsipras: “We do not have ready proposals.”

    Alexis Tsipras: “We do not have ready proposals.”

    Sofia Papaioannou meets the 34yr old Alexis Tsipras in his first interview following his election as leader of Synaspismos (Coalition of the Left). Immediately after the announcement of the voting results, Tsipras speaks to The New Files about his election. Discussing the newest and youngest political leader and former member of the Communist Youth of Greece, is also Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece, Aleka Papariga. When asked about a possible strategy to bring Synaspismos to power, the young Tsipras responds, “We do not have ready proposals.”

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  • Obama and the Greek

    Obama and the Greek

    Alexis Papahelas speaks with a Greek-American and close friend and political ally of Barack Obama, one of the leading candidates for Democratic nomination. At only 31 years of age Alexis Giannoulias is State Treasurer of Illinois. From being a former professional basketball player in Athens eight years ago, he is now held by many to be one of the future bright stars of the Democratic Party. An active campaigner for Barack Obama, Giannoulias has accompanied him at many of his pre-election rallies and speeches. He now speaks to Alexis Papahelas about the candidate who inspired him to run for public office, Obama’s positions on issues of Greek importance and his chances of becoming the next President of the United State...

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  • Milososki: “A very irrational problem”

    Milososki: “A very irrational problem”

    In his exclusive first interview on Greek television, Foreign Minister of FYROM, Antonio Milososki, characterizes the dispute over his country’s name as, “A very irrational problem.” He tells Sofia Papaioannou and The New Files that one day our children will look back and laugh. The New Files ask the Foreign Minister about the recent strain on relations between Athens and Skopje due to his government’s decision to rename the capital’s airport “Alexander the Great Airport”. He responds without hesitation that the Greek authorities should be pleased that their neighbours have chosen to honour such an important figure in Greek history. Sofia Papaioannou questions the Foreign Minister about all the hot-button...

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  • The Return of the Greek Spy

    The Return of the Greek Spy

    On Monday the 26th of November, The New Files broadcast a special report featuring exclusive footage of Greece’s most important spy returning home. The New Files followed Stavros Lalas step by step as he journeyed from New York’s JFK airport to Greece, capturing the moment he was finally reunited with his wife Maria and their two children after 14 years of separation. Additionally, from the New Files studio Alexis Papahelas spoke with Stavros Lalas and his family as they tried to come to terms with their new life. Exclusively on The New Files, watch Stavros Lalas’s whole journey through the depths of the American and Greek secret services. Stavros - or Steven - Lalas was released from prison in the U.S. on the 8t...

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  • MAKARIOS: “I am Cyprus”

    MAKARIOS: “I am Cyprus”

    His name is synonymous with Cyprus. Thirty years after his death, The New Files reveal the unknown side of Makarios. For the first time on Greek television, the complete story of Makarios: the priest, the politician, the man. Alexis Papahelas presents a comprehensive portrait of the leader from his birth in 1913 in a remote Cypriot mountain village, to his death in 1977. How was the legend of Makarios created? What were his mistakes regarding Cyprus? The New Files speak to none other than Makarios’s arch-rival, former Turkish-Cypriot leader Raouf Denktash who reveals his love-hate relationship with his Greek Cypriot counterpart. Also, Makarios’s sister talks for the first time on Greek television of her memories of...

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