First Rift in Coalition Over Building of Mosque in Athens

parliamentJunior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) voted against two amendments on the building of a mosque in Athens and tax relief on The Athens Concert Hall.

The ANEL lawmakers voted against two amendments at the Greek Parliament on Tuesday night, thereby creating the first rift in the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition.

The first amendment pertains to the construction of a mosque in Votanikos area in Athens. ANEL MPs called the building of a mosque “unacceptable and provocative” and Stavroula Xoulidou had asked from the government to withdraw the amendment altogether. The amendment passed finally, with ANEL and Golden Dawn lawmakers voting against it.

The second amendment had to do with the exemption of The Athens Concert Hall from providing insurance and tax clearance in order to facilitate the operation of the debt-ridden institute. SYRIZA, The River and PASOK lawmakers voted in favor, ANEL and Golden Dawn voted against, while New Democracy and Greek Communist Party (KKE) MPs voted “present.”


  • Phil

    a. Our government should not be funding the building of Mosques (or churches for that matter). Religion is a private matter.

    b. Muslims that are legally in the country should be allowed to build mosques .(just like Greeks abroad are allowed build churches). Their rights must be protected as Greek citizens.

    c. Our communist government should be ejecting ILLEGALS rather than idiotically debating whether it should be building Mosques for them. .

  • MSMlies

    ONLY GOLDEN DAWN and ANEL VOTED AGAINST BUIDING A MOSQUE in Athens.

    NEW DEMOCRACY, PASOK, SYRIZA, KKE and To Potami ALL VOTED IN FAVOUR OF BUILDING THE MOSQUE in Athens that will service the hordes of illegal muslim immigrants that previous New Democracy and PASOK governments and the current SYRIZA led government have allowed to remain in the country.

    I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, New Democracy is phony right wing, pseudo conservative political party, that shares the same Marxist vision as SYRIZA, which is to create a multicultural Greece, a Greece that is a potpourri of races.
    ONLY Golden Dawn has as its central platform safeguarding the biological existence of the Hellenic people by banning 3rd world immigration, deporting all illegals, and upholding Orthodox Christian family values.

  • Marcus77

    Than Greeks should never ask Turks to open any old Greek churches in Turkey, this will make it easy for Turks to say no now, Thank guys

  • Marcus77

    That statement is bigoted, and you guys call Turks bad, Turks have every church ,Synagogue even Buddhist temple, Greeks have no place to speak when it comes to Turkish approach ,Christian state ? LOL get real here

  • twopenceworth

    I suppose you think that Greek Muslims do not exist?! Do they have the right to a place of worship?

  • twopenceworth

    I’m talking about Greek people who are Muslim. As there are Greek Jews who worship in a synagogue, Greek Muslims are entitled to worship in a mosque aren’t they?

  • MSMlies

    This mosque is being built to service the hundreds of thousands of ILLEGAL muslim immigrants that reside in Athens. The tiny minority of Greek citizens who profess to being muslims mostly reside in Thrace. Again and again Muslim immigrants both legal and illegal who enter primarily Christian European nations or nations founded by Christian Europeans, such as the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc inevitably make demands that Crosses be removed from Catholic hospitals or Crosses be removed from Christian schools. For example, a complaint that says crosses at Catholic school are “offensive”, and prevent Muslim prayers, has been filed against Catholic University in Washington, D.C. It is only the latest in an endless series of demands for Sharia Law adherence by Muslims in America. The complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights, filed by a leftist professor from rival George Washington University, says there are “too many crosses in every room of Catholic University” which is a “human rights violation that prevents Muslim students from praying there.” Wow. Can anybody imagine White European Christians immigrating to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia or Egypt, or some other Muslim nation and then complaining that there are too many Islamic Korans in an Islamic school? Disgusting! Islam has NO place in Europe.

  • zozo

    At a time when hospitals and schools have no supplies, in a country that is totally broke, it doesn’t seem logical to spend public funds building a mosque. Where is common sense?

  • Saki Kaskamanidis

    Cypriot, your comment is shameful. Marcus77 put it right. GET OVER IT!!! You make me sick, and I’m a proud Greek Canadian.