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Aug 23, 2015

Greek coalition process crawls as election calls accelerate

ATHENS, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Greek opposition leaders made
zero progress on Sunday as they pressed on with trying to form a
new coalition, despite appeals from home and abroad for a rapid
move to elections so the country can deal with its simultaneous
economic and humanitarian crises.

Conservative leader Evangelos Meimarakis spent the third and
final day offered to him by Greece’s president to form a
government in vain, rebuffed by leftist outgoing Prime Minister
Alexis Tsipras and the leaders of smaller parties in parliament.

Aug 23, 2015

Greek coalition process crawls as election calls grow

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek opposition leaders took things easy on Sunday in their quest for a new coalition, ignoring calls from home and abroad for a rapid move to elections so the country can deal with its simultaneous economic and humanitarian crises.

No face-to-face talks were scheduled for the day of rest, although conservative leader Evangelos Meimarakis planned to ring the head of the unreformed KKE communist party – a likely exercise in futility even if the call goes ahead.

Aug 22, 2015

Greek opposition leaders weigh coalition despite crises, poll pressure

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek opposition politicians embarked on the laborious and apparently futile exercise on Saturday of trying to form a new government, oblivious to pressure for rapid elections so the nation can start tackling an array of crises.

The two biggest opposition parties, one of the center-right and the other of the far left, queued up to exercise their constitutional right to spend three days negotiating a new coalition, even though their efforts are almost certain to fail.

Aug 21, 2015

Veteran Greek leftist parts ways with Tsipras

ATHENS (Reuters) – Veteran Greek leftist Panagiotis Lafazanis parted ways with his old comrade Alexis Tsipras on Friday, founding a new party dedicated to finishing off the country’s bailout before the bailout finishes off the country.

Lafazanis has led a group of dissident lawmakers in splitting from the outgoing prime minister’s Syriza party to contest a snap election which is expected next month.

Aug 17, 2015

Tsipras likely to call confidence vote after party revolt

ATHENS (Reuters) – The Greek government appears likely to call a confidence vote following a rebellion among lawmakers from the ruling Syriza party over the country’s new bailout deal, senior ministers said on Monday.

Energy Minister Panos Skourletis described such a parliamentary vote as “self-evident” following Friday’s rebellion when almost a third of Syriza deputies abstained or voted against the agreement.

Aug 17, 2015

Greek minister signals Tsipras to call confidence vote

ATHENS, Aug 17 (Reuters) – A Greek minister gave on Monday
the strongest indication yet that the government will call a
confidence vote following a rebellion among lawmakers from the
ruling Syriza party over the country’s new bailout deal.

Energy Minister Panos Skourletis described such a
parliamentary vote as “self-evident” following Friday’s
rebellion when almost a third of Syriza deputies abstained or
voted against the agreement.

Aug 13, 2015

Greek ruling party heads towards split before bailout vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s ruling Syriza party edged towards a formal split on Thursday, hours before rebel leftist lawmakers plan to vote against a new bailout deal to keep the country afloat.

With opposition support, the government is asking parliament to approve a 85 billion euro bailout deal that Greece needs to avoid defaulting on a debt repayment next week.

Aug 13, 2015

Greek ruling party warns rebel lawmakers not to risk government in bailout vote

ATHENS, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The Greek government criticised
rebels within its ranks intent on opposing a new bailout deal in
Thursday night’s parliamentary vote, saying a government without
a majority “cannot go far” and raising the possibility of early
elections.

With opposition support, parliament is preparing to approve
the 85 billion euro bailout deal that Greece needs to avoid
defaulting on a debt repayment next week.

Aug 13, 2015

Greek government criticises rebel lawmakers before bailout vote

ATHENS, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The Greek government criticised
rebels within its ranks intent on opposing a new bailout deal in
Thursday night’s parliamentary vote, saying a government without
a majority “cannot go far” and raising the possibility of early
elections.

With opposition support, parliament is preparing to approve
the 85 billion euro bailout deal that Greece needs to avoid
defaulting on a debt repayment next week.

Jun 11, 2015

Tsipras gets Greek kiss but no deal yet in Brussels

BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) – If only a Greek crisis deal could be simply sealed with a kiss.

Sadly, 24 hours after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got a full Greek-style embrace as he arrived in Brussels, an agreement to save the country from bankruptcy seemed as elusive as ever on Thursday.