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Golden Dawn still elevating the debate

Last time we caught up with Ilias Kasidiaris, Greek MP and spokesman for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, he was assaulting a woman on a TV debate show for not agreeing with him. Today, he apparently caused a scene in parliament during a debate with the center-left PASOK party, part of the governing coalition, calling ...

Last time we caught up with Ilias Kasidiaris, Greek MP and spokesman for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, he was assaulting a woman on a TV debate show for not agreeing with him. Today, he apparently caused a scene in parliament during a debate with the center-left PASOK party, part of the governing coalition, calling former Prime Minsiter George Papandreou "only 25 percent Greek" and accused a senior defense ministry official of having humiliated the country. (Papandreo's mother was American and one of his great grandparents  on his father's side was Polish.)

When a PASOK spokeman accused Kasidiaris of spouting "fascist trash" and running paramilitary assault squads to attack immigrants, Gold Dawn MPs began shouting and the session was suspended. 

Between this, the racially-segregated blood drives,  and MPs allegedly attacking migrant workers, Golden Dawn's time in government so far has been about whate everyone expected.

Last time we caught up with Ilias Kasidiaris, Greek MP and spokesman for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, he was assaulting a woman on a TV debate show for not agreeing with him. Today, he apparently caused a scene in parliament during a debate with the center-left PASOK party, part of the governing coalition, calling former Prime Minsiter George Papandreou "only 25 percent Greek" and accused a senior defense ministry official of having humiliated the country. (Papandreo’s mother was American and one of his great grandparents  on his father’s side was Polish.)

When a PASOK spokeman accused Kasidiaris of spouting "fascist trash" and running paramilitary assault squads to attack immigrants, Gold Dawn MPs began shouting and the session was suspended. 

Between this, the racially-segregated blood drives,  and MPs allegedly attacking migrant workers, Golden Dawn’s time in government so far has been about whate everyone expected.

Hat Tip: Open Europe and Joanna Kakissis.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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