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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Giorgos Papakonstantinou
Greece's former finance minister is at the center of an escalating political scandal after three of his relatives were allegedly found missing from a list of Greeks with Swiss banks accounts that authorities are using to investigate possible tax evasion.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou met the demands of his restive party by replacing his finance minister Friday in a broad cabinet reshuffle that won strong support from markets, optimistic that crucial austerity measures will now be passed.
Greek unions are planning protest marches in the northern city of Thessaloniki against the debt-plagued country's harsh austerity program, before Prime Minister George Papandreou's keynote speech on the economy Saturday.
"I have made absolutely no intervention into the data which I asked for and received from the French authorities," he said in a statement, adding that he was "not going to accept the fabrication of guilt where none exists, nor become the scapegoat in this case."
"As a society, we have shown that we understand the problem," he said.