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Jul 13, 2015

Anti-German backlash as social media tweets denounce Greece ‘coup’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A list of demands handed to the Greek government in order to secure a European bailout inspired a social media backlash against Germany and its hawkish finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble.

#ThisIsACoup was the second top trending hashtag on Twitter worldwide – and top in Germany and Greece – as euro zone leaders argued through the night to convince Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to take the deal or face bankruptcy and his country’s expulsion from the EU’s common currency area.

Jul 12, 2015

‘Kindergarten’ as weary euro ministers divide over Greece

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Caught between the rock of throwing good taxpayers’ money after bad in Greece and the hard place of opening a dangerous crack in their common currency, tempers are fraying among euro zone ministers meeting in Brussels.

So heated did arguments become after nine hours of their sixth emergency council in three weeks that the chairman called a surprise halt just before midnight on Saturday in the hope talks which resumed on Sunday could proceed with clearer heads.

Jul 11, 2015

Greek PM gets backing for bailout; EU, IMF give green light

ATHENS/BRUSSELS, July 11 (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister
Alexis Tsipras won backing from lawmakers on Saturday for
painful reform proposals aimed at obtaining a new international
bailout, but he faced a rebellion in his own party that could
threaten his majority in parliament.

The measures, which received an initial green light from the
European Union and International Monetary Fund before a crucial
meeting of the 19 euro zone finance ministers in Brussels, were
passed with the support of pro-European opposition parties.

Jul 10, 2015

TSX rebounds as Greece, China hopes calm markets

TORONTO, July 10 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index
jumped on Friday, with investors shrugging off heavy losses from
earlier in the week as worries over the Greek debt crisis abated
and once-slumping Chinese equities gained strongly for a second
straight session.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index
ended up 132.58 points, or 0.93 percent, at 14,411.07.
It fell 1.8 percent over the course of a volatile week.

Jul 10, 2015

‘Homeless’ Brussels opera rides Rachmaninov troika

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Shutting its opera house for renovation was hard enough. But Brussels’ La Monnaie has raised the bar by choosing an ambitious and rare reworking of Rachmaninov to launch a year of innovation in ad hoc venues.

The consciously Wagnerian vision of “Troika”, a first ever staging of the late-Romantic Russian symphonist’s only three operatic works as a single evening’s performance, has stretched creativity, in design as well as musically, in the restrictive modern confines of the Belgian capital’s Theatre National.

Jul 8, 2015

Greece seeks new EU loan deal in race to avert collapse

STRASBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A race to save Greece from bankruptcy and keep it in the euro gathered pace on Wednesday when Athens formally applied for a three-year loan and European authorities launched an accelerated review of the request.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called in a speech to the European Parliament for a fair deal, acknowledging Greece’s historic responsibility for its plight, after EU leaders gave him five days to come up with convincing reforms.

Jul 7, 2015

currency would put Greece in line to quit euro

FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The thinning oxygen supply to Greek banks could leave Athens with little choice but to introduce a form of second currency, European officials believe, a temporary means of freezing its membership of the bloc but one that risks its ultimate exit.

The idea of putting Greece’s euro membership on hold – a temporary ‘Grexit’ – was recently raised by Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

Jul 4, 2015

Insight – A Greek challenge for ‘Mr Europe’ Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – It’s sultry early July and an emotional Jean-Claude Juncker is on the stump, calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum on which he says hangs the future of Europe – and his own career.

“A ‘Yes’ … would have a significance … well beyond Europe,” he tells voters. “We can show we’re getting moving again, that the process of European unification goes on.”

Jul 4, 2015

A Greek challenge for ‘Mr Europe’ Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – It’s sultry early July and an emotional Jean-Claude Juncker is on the stump, calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum on which he says hangs the future of Europe – and his own career.

“A ‘Yes’ … would have a significance … well beyond Europe,” he tells voters. “We can show we’re getting moving again, that the process of European unification goes on.”

Jul 2, 2015

Greece’s Tsipras digs in against bailout

ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with European Union partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece’s future in Europe.

Less than 24 hours after he wrote a conciliatory letter to creditors asking for a new bailout that would accept many of their terms, Tsipras abruptly switched back into combative mode in a television address.

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