A LAOSy Dimension to Greek Government
Othodox Pan Hellenic fundamentalist nazis would be the descriptive to use here.
…LAOS, which garnered less than 6 percent of the vote in the 2009 general elections, is over-represented in the 48-member Cabinet with one minister, one alternate and two deputy ministers.
…The past of LAOS’s Makis Voridis, the new minister for infrastructure, transport and networks, is… a political minefield. In the early 1980s he led the EPEN (National Political Union) youth group that was founded by ex-dictator Georgios Papadopoulos from inside Korydallos Prison. Five years later, Voridis was kicked out of the law school student union for engaging in extremist acts. In an infamous picture taken at the time, he is seen wielding a hand-made ax (he later said it was for self-defense).
In the mid-1990s, Voridis established the Hellenic Front (Elliniko Metopo), a nationalist party with close ties to Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front in France. In 2005, Hellenic Front merged with LAOS and Voridis was elected to Parliament two years later.
I blogged on LAOS and its leader Giorgos Karatzeferis back in 2005 - the LAOS acronym stands for “Laikos Orthodoxos Synagermos”, and can be translated in various ways (here’s a few: “The People’s Orthodox Rally”, “The Populist Orthodox Rally”, “The People’s Orthodox Alarm”, “The Popular Orthodox Herald Party”).
Mark Ames has further details at Naked Capitalism:
…In 1994, Voridis helped found a new far-right party, The Hellenic Front. In 2004’s elections, Voridis’s “Hellenic Front Party” formed a bloc with the neo-Nazi “Front Party,” headed by Greece’s most notorious Holocaust denier, Konstantinos Plevis, a former fascist terrorist whose book, “Jews: The Whole Truth,” praised Adolph Hitler and called for the extermination of Jews. Plevis was charged and found guilty of “inciting racial hatred” in 2007, but his sentence was overturned on appeal in 2009.