Coalition chiefs to tackle anti-racism bill on Monday

Coalition chiefs to tackle anti-racism bill on Monday

 

With divisions widening in the coalition over the fate of a controversial anti-racism bill, sources close to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said the issue will be discussed on Monday at 6 p.m. between the premier and his coalition partners, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left.

The premier’s hand appears to have been forced by his coalition partners who raised strong objections following a meeting of conservative New Democracy officials who agreed that the bill is redundant as most of its provisions already exist. ND officials had expressed concerns that the bill could impinge on freedom of expression.