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Dec 18, 2014

Tsipras vows to break Greece’s ‘bad spell’

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s radical leftist Syriza party will cancel austerity and ask Europe to erase a big chunk of Greek debt to free the country from the dark spell it has fallen under, leader Alexis Tsipras told Reuters on Thursday.

In an interview at his party headquarters in a gritty Athens district, Tsipras sought to reassure markets wary of Syriza sweeping into power, saying he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro and keeping the budget balanced before debt costs.

Dec 17, 2014

Greek government faces first test in crucial presidential vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday faces the first of three rounds of a presidential vote that will determine whether the country is forced into snap national elections and a new period of political chaos.

Samaras’s conservative-leftist coalition is almost certain to fail in the first round, when it needs the support of 200 lawmakers in the 300-seat chamber to elect its nominee, Stavros Dimas. But the backing his coalition, which controls 155 deputies, garners will be closely watched as a sign of momentum for or against it ahead of a final, decisive vote on Dec. 29 when the super majority required for victory falls to 180.

Dec 10, 2014

Maths works against Greek premier in presidential gambit

ATHENS, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The odds are stacked against
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in his gambit over electing a new
Greek president, as only by persuading at least a few opposition
lawmakers to rebel can he win the parliamentary vote – and avoid
a likely political crisis.

However, analysts caution that the numbers could change
quickly as the conservative premier tries to win enough support
for the government candidate when parliament starts a
three-stage vote for the head of state on Dec. 17.

Nov 27, 2014

Greece paralysed by major strike, flights cancelled

ATHENS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Greek labour unions staged a
24-hour strike on Thursday that cancelled hundreds of flights,
shut public offices and severely disrupted local transport, in
the first major industrial action to cripple the austerity-weary
country in months.

Private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart
ADEDY called the walkout to protest against planned layoffs and
pension reform demanded by European Union and International
Monetary Fund lenders who have bailed out Greece twice.

Nov 26, 2014

Mystery of Alexander the Great-era tomb holds Greeks in thrall

ATHENS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Greek archaeologist Katerina
Peristeri dug in obscurity for years before unearthing a marble
tomb from the time of Alexander the Great — a find that has
brought her instant fame.

In a land with one of the world’s richest cultural
heritages, archaeologists rarely receive much public notice. Yet
Peristeri has become the face of the Amphipolis crypt, a
2,300-year-old sepulchre beneath the sandy hills of northern
Greece. She has received three Greek awards in the past month
alone.

Nov 14, 2014

Greece emerged from its ‘Great Depression’ at start of year

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece emerged from a crippling six-year recession as early as the start of the year and has been growing ever since, data showed on Friday.

Seasonally adjusted figures showed the euro zone weakling posted three consecutive quarters of growth this year, even though it had only been expected to exit what the government has called Greece’s “Great Depression” in the third quarter.

Nov 5, 2014

Exclusive: Greece eyes 6-12 months of EU/IMF oversight sans ‘micromanagement’

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece expects an interim period of up to a year of limited EU/IMF supervision when it quits its bailout program at the end of the year, without the current “micro-management” by lenders, the finance minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

The comments by Gikas Hardouvelis in his office overlooking Syntagma square were the first time Athens has spelled out its expectations for the post-bailout era starting next year, including the sensitive issue of foreign supervision.

Nov 5, 2014

Greece eyes 6-12 months of EU/IMF oversight sans “micromanagement”

ATHENS, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Greece expects an interim period
of up to a year of limited EU/IMF supervision when it quits its
bailout programme at the end of the year, without the current
“micro-management” by lenders, the finance minister told Reuters
on Wednesday.

The comments by Gikas Hardouvelis in his office overlooking
Syntagma square were the first time Athens has spelled out its
expectations for the post-bailout era starting next year,
including the sensitive issue of foreign supervision.

Nov 4, 2014

From firebrand to PM-in-waiting, Greek leftist smells power

ATHENS, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece’s
far-left Syriza party, recently traveled to Frankfurt and Rome
to meet European leaders. He is softening his confrontational
tone with Greece’s international lenders. He has a drafted an
agenda for the first 100 days of a future government.

The 40-year-old former student Communist is acting like a
prime minister in waiting.

Oct 15, 2014

Amal Clooney weighs in on Greek battle for Parthenon Marbles

ATHENS (Reuters) – Hollywood actor George Clooney’s new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens, in what Greeks hope may inject new energy into their national campaign.

The Lebanese-born Briton, part of a legal team advising the Greek government on its bid to secure the return of the sculptures from Britain, has sparked a media frenzy during her three-day visit to the Greek capital that included meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.