Deputy Culture Minister Angela Gerekou resigned last night after newsapers revealed that her husband, former singer Tolis Voskopoulos, owes 5.5 million euros in taxes, Greek media report. "Today's news articles refer to my husband's pending legal tax case which stems from long before our personal acquaintance," she said in a brief statement. "I could never allow my husband's case to form a basis for blunt accusations against against the government and premier, especially at this exceptionally difficult time," she said.
Gerekou is the socialist government's first loss after almost eight months in power, and demonstrates a newfound political sensitivity to tax arrears after waves of austerity measures this year. Also remarkable is the fact that the tax arrears were revealed by a nominally pro-socialist newspaper, Eleftherotypia.