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Sep 9, 2015

Former comrade spoils party for Greek leftist leader

ATHENS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Weeks after toppling Alexis
Tsipras’s government, Greek far-left leader Panagiotis Lafazanis
is landing fresh blows against his former comrade: stealing away
voters and usurping the mantle of Greece’s foremost anti-bailout
champion.

A bearded, bespectacled former Communist whose fiery
rhetoric belies his avuncular looks, Lafazanis has long been a
headache for Tsipras. He regularly defied his former boss as
energy minister and then led a rebellion in his Syriza party,
forcing Tsipras to call snap elections on Sept. 20.

Aug 28, 2015

With election near, Tsipras faces widening rift within Syriza

ATHENS, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Greek leftist leader Alexis
Tsipras has seen off a threat from far-left rebels but his
anti-austerity-turned-pro-bailout Syriza party is struggling
through a deeply divisive identity crisis weeks before a
national election.

Just hours after Tsipras resigned as prime minister last
week to pave the way for early elections, a sixth of Syriza’s
lawmakers broke away to form their own party to fight the 86
billion euro bailout package their former boss signed up to.

Aug 27, 2015

Greek judge appointed caretaker PM ahead of elections

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s top Supreme Court judge was sworn in as caretaker prime minister on Thursday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned.

Vassiliki Thanou, an opponent of austerity who has argued against wage cuts for judges and court officials, and her new interim government will remain in place at least until parliamentary elections are held, expected to be on Sept. 20.

Aug 27, 2015

Greek judge appointed caretaker PM up to elections

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s top Supreme Court judge was named caretaker prime minister on Thursday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned.

Vassiliki Thanou, an anti-austerity advocate who has argued against wage cuts for judges and court officials, will be sworn in as the country’s first female prime minister at 8 p.m. local (1700 GMT). Her administration will take office on Friday, when Sept. 20 is expected to be set as the election date.

Aug 27, 2015

Greek far-left leader gives up coalition bid, election near

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s far-left leader on Thursday formally gave up a bid to form a coalition government, allowing the country’s president to finally set a date for early elections after a week of political wrangling.

After using up all three days allowed, Popular Unity leader Panagiotis Lafazanis relinquished a mandate to form a government, given to him as head of the third-largest bloc in parliament after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned last week.

Aug 14, 2015

Greek PM faces biggest party revolt yet as bailout approved

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced the widest rebellion yet from his leftist lawmakers as parliament approved a new bailout program on Friday, forcing him to consider a confidence vote that could pave the way for early elections.

After lawmakers bickered through the night on procedural matters, Tsipras comfortably won the vote on the country’s third financial rescue by foreign creditors in five years thanks to support from pro-euro opposition parties. That clears the way for euro zone ministers to approve the deal later on Friday.

Aug 7, 2015

Insight – Privileges threatened, days may be numbered for Greece’s ‘everyman’ farmers

NAXOS, Greece (Reuters) – A jovial potato farmer whose family has tilled the fertile land on the island of Naxos for over 200 years, Stelios Vathrokilis is unfazed by all that he believes a farmer must inevitably face: God, inclement weather and natural disasters.

But mention tax hikes on farmers demanded by Greece’s creditors and Vathrokilis’ face darkens with anger.

Aug 7, 2015

Privileges threatened, days may be numbered for Greece’s ‘everyman’ farmers

NAXOS, Greece, Aug 7 (Reuters) – A jovial potato farmer
whose family has tilled the fertile land on the island of Naxos
for over 200 years, Stelios Vathrokilis is unfazed by all that
he believes a farmer must inevitably face: God, inclement
weather and natural disasters.

But mention tax hikes on farmers demanded by Greece’s
creditors and Vathrokilis’ face darkens with anger.

Jul 27, 2015

Greece’s Varoufakis confirms covert plan to hack tax codes

ATHENS (Reuters) – Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed on Monday he had made secret preparations to hack into citizens’ tax codes to create a parallel payment system after the disclosure provoked shock and disbelief in Greece.

However, the self-proclaimed “erratic Marxist” academic, in office until July 6, sought to play down the initiative as a contingency plan that had never been implemented.

Jul 4, 2015

Greece votes in referendum with future in euro in doubt

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece votes on Sunday on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain.

    Staged against a backdrop of shuttered banks and threats of financial apocalypse, the vote is too close to call and may not produce the clear mandate for negotiations that Athens’ creditors seek.