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Souflias sees red at court ruling

Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias yesterday accused Greece’s highest administrative court, which last week killed a controversial river diversion project, accusing Council of State judges of acting like MPs. «The Council of State often issues decisions that show that its members consider themselves to be the country’s legislators,» Souflias said. The court has roused the ire of several of the minister’s predecessors by axing major public construction works on grounds of poor planning or potential environmental damage. But it was the first attack of the sort by Souflias, who has staked much political capital on completing the controversial plan to reroute the Acheloos River’s waters from western Greece to the intensively farmed region of Thessaly – where the minister’s constituency is. «This is just the opening shot,» he warned. «I will return with evidence.»