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    The Greek Government cut short Parliament's summer recess to enable the chamber to discuss Oct 12 the controversial Max Merten Affair - an issue dominating Greek politics as the Government's opposition use it is a possible lever to oust the five-year-old Karamanlis administration.

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    The Greek Government cut short Parliament's summer recess to enable the chamber to discuss Oct 12 the controversial Max Merten Affair - an issue dominating Greek politics as the Government's opposition use it is a possible lever to oust the five-year-old Karamanlis administration.

    Deputy Premier Canellopoulos spoke first to defend Interior Minister Makris and Defense Under-secretary Themelis, accused by the former military commander of Salonika during the Nazi Occupation of Greece in World War Two of working as agents of the Nazis.

    The Salonika Commander, Max Merten, convicted last year for war crimes by an Athens military tribunal and sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment, was extradited to Germany soon afterwards as a way of improving relations between the two countries.

    Prime Minister Karamanlis as well as his two ministers was also accused of Nazi activity. The accusations by Merten appeared last month in two German publications.

    The Opposition including the United Democratic Party (Communist) called for the resignation of the three Ministers, maintained the Merten Affair be brought before German Courts and demanded the formation of a new Greek Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98IB5CLDUWX8YYP1BFIQ6XD5U
    Media URN:
    VLVA98IB5CLDUWX8YYP1BFIQ6XD5U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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