ATHENS – A former Independent Greeks (ANEL) parliamentary candidate in line to take a top food safety post has withdrawn after Facebook posts showing extreme views, including that journalists who lie should be shot.
Foteini Athanasopoulou, who claims to be one of the founding members of the far-right nationalist group that is serving in the coalition government led by Prime Minister and Radical Left ruler Alexis Tsipras, was going to be named Vice President of EFET, Greece’s food regulatory agency.
But after the To Potami party and PASOK Socialists complained about her radical views she stepped aside, while defending her comments on her Facebook page as “personal, not political.”
Those included claims that stupid gas is being dropped from airplanes, that the United States puts cameras on mosquitoes to spy on people, and that illegal immigrants are being sent into Greece as part of a Muslim plot to conquer the Balkans.
She said she withdrew her candidacy because, “I do not want to put anyone in a difficult position.”