Greece/Minister/National Defense

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(Minister for Defense)

"The Kingdom of Kickbacks"

The Minister for National Defence of Greece is a government minister responsible for the running of the Ministry of National Defence.


The defense industry was one of the most fertile grounds for corruption in Greece in the 1990s and 2000s; indicatively, the only politicians ever arrested and imprisoned on corruption charges[1] during the debt crisis were associated with the procurement of weapons. Cronyism and clientelism also afflicted the state-owned defense companies.[2]

The influential Institute for Security and Defense Analysis [ISDA][3] said "Armaments procurement programs have a central position as "case studies" of the Greek state's excessive corruption and mismanagement in the repeatedly published accounts, reports and statements during the period of the last months. The volume of data, facts, allegations, speculations and even good-guessing created a context so that one could easily describe the contemporary Greek state's armament procurement as the "Kingdom of Kickbacks". As a result, armaments procurements have now been demonized as the unique source of evil and are being widely used as a scapegoat for the Greek state's notorious inefficiency and mismanagement of the last forty years.


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Akis Tsochatzopoulos24 September 199623 October 2001Convicted in 2011 for corruption.
Gerasimos Arsenis13 October 199324 September 1996Attended the 1994 Bilderberg
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