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Apr 15, 2014

‘Here comes the mayor!’ – Greek extremists fire up Athens campaign

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek far-right Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Kasidiaris strode into a packed hotel room in central Athens last month to the sound of a marching song and supporters’ cries of “Here comes the mayor!”

“In less than 100 years, Greeks will become a minority in their country. The only way to strike at the root of evil is through the municipal elections,” Kasidiaris said, pledging to rid the Greek capital of “thieves and immigrants”.

Apr 2, 2014

Greece sees ‘trial and error’ bond foray, full return in 2016

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s first foray into bond markets after a four-year exclusion will be on a “trial and error” basis but the nation expects to fund itself unaided in 2016, its finance minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

Buoyed by bond yields at a four-year low and a long-awaited deal with EU/IMF lenders that has unlocked more aid, Athens says it could issue debt as early as within the next three months.

Apr 2, 2014

Greece is back, market return in sight-PM

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece has put the worst of a debt crisis behind it and is considering issuing new debt within three months, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Reuters on Wednesday.

Greece has enjoyed a sharp revival of fortunes since its debt burden nearly sent it crashing out of the euro zone two years ago. Its economy is set to emerge from a six-year recession this year while bond market yields imply its borrowing costs have dropped to four-year lows.

Mar 13, 2014

Greek journalist-turned-politician rides anti-establishment wave

ATHENS (Reuters) – A television journalist-turned-political crusader promising to shake up Greek politics is winning unexpectedly strong support from voters in the run-up to European elections in May.

Tapping into the disgust felt by many Greeks against established politicians with a call for a grassroots, youth-led movement to solve Greek problems, Stavros Theodorakis has quickly snapped up followers from both the left and the right.

Jan 13, 2014

Insight: Gold mine stirs hope and anger in shattered Greece

OURANOUPOLI, Greece (Reuters) – A Canadian quest to mine for gold in the lush forests of northern Greece is testing the government’s resolve to prove Europe’s most ravaged economy is open again for business.

The Skouries mine on Halkidiki peninsula – a landscape of pristine beaches and rolling hills dotted with olive groves – is among the biggest investments in Greece since it sank into a debt crisis four years ago.

Jan 13, 2014

Gold mine stirs hope and anger in shattered Greece

OURANOUPOLI, Greece, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A Canadian quest to
mine for gold in the lush forests of northern Greece is testing
the government’s resolve to prove Europe’s most ravaged economy
is open again for business.

The Skouries mine on Halkidiki peninsula – a landscape of
pristine beaches and rolling hills dotted with olive groves – is
among the biggest investments in Greece since it sank into a
debt crisis four years ago.

Oct 13, 2013

Greek far-right leaders accused of organized violence

ATHENS (Reuters) – She first got into politics in Greece last year – when she bought herself a bullet-proof vest and learned how to beat up immigrants with poles hung with the national flag.

Her training over, she was a full member of Golden Dawn, the far-right party whose rage against foreigners has propelled its stiff-arm saluting leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos and 17 others into parliament in Athens in the wake of the Greek debt crisis.

Aug 14, 2013

Inside Greece’s violent new anarchist groups

ATHENS (Reuters) – Not far from the Athenian ruins where democracy was born more than 2,500 years ago, young anarchists intent on toppling Greece’s political system run a cafe where the beer is cheap and the artwork features police cars set on fire.

At first glance K*Vox, started a year ago by anarchists who occupied a shuttered building, looks like any other cafe in the bohemian Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia. But inside posters show gun-toting guerrilla fighters and the symbol of anarchy – a circle with an A.

Aug 14, 2013

Special Report: Inside Greece’s violent new anarchist groups

ATHENS (Reuters) – Not far from the Athenian ruins where democracy was born more than 2,500 years ago, young anarchists intent on toppling Greece’s political system run a cafe where the beer is cheap and the artwork features police cars set on fire.

At first glance K*Vox, started a year ago by anarchists who occupied a shuttered building, looks like any other cafe in the bohemian Athens neighborhood of Exarchia. But inside posters show gun-toting guerrilla fighters and the symbol of anarchy – a circle with an A.

Aug 1, 2013

Reforming Greece’s state sector: new face takes on old problem

ATHENS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – As political jobs go, Greece’s new
reforms minister has one of the toughest: firing thousands of
workers within months from a public sector that seems immune to
change.

But Kyriakos Mitsotakis, an ex-banker and son of a former
prime minister, says his ambitions go beyond fulfilling
numerical targets set under Greece’s international bailout deal
to keep funds flowing from the European Union and IMF.