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Greek finance minister enters euro zone lions’ den

ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis headed for a showdown with euro zone finance ministers on Wednesday after his new leftist-led government won a parliamentary confidence vote for its refusal to extend an international bailout.

The former academic said he was ready for a clash with euro zone paymaster Germany and its allies over Greece’s determination to scrap austerity measures, end cooperation with the “troika” of EU/ECB/IMF officials overseeing the bailout program and demand a “haircut” restructuring its debt.

Feb 11, 2015
Feb 11, 2015

Greek PM easily wins confidence vote, EU showdown looms

ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras comfortably won a confidence vote on his plan to cancel a deeply unpopular bailout program and challenge European leaders as both sides prepare for a showdown at meetings in Brussels this week.

In a rousing speech to parliament, Tsipras hailed the decisive role “little Greece” was playing in reshaping Europe and promised Athens would not cave in to demands it extend its international bailout “no matter how much” German Finance Minister Wolfang Schaeuble asked for it.

Feb 10, 2015
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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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