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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.

Jul 30, 2013

Greece may avoid worrisome budget gap, economic risk abates

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece may avoid a budget hole opening up over 2015 and 2016 in contrast to latest forecasts by EU/IMF lenders and its recession will be smaller than expected this year if a bumper tourist season continues, the country’s finance minister told Reuters.

Yannis Stournaras’s comments in a wide-ranging interview marked the most upbeat assessment of Greece’s prospects since the twice-bailed out nation returned to crisis mode this summer, stoking fears of a new flare-up in the euro zone debt saga.

Jul 11, 2013

New aid gives Greece summer respite before showdown

ATHENS, July 11 (Reuters) – Greece has scraped through its
biggest political and financial challenge this year by securing
a tranche of aid from international lenders but the reprieve may
only be temporary.

Crunch time for Athens will come at the end of September
when EU and IMF inspectors are expected to return to discuss how
to plug a budget gap for 2015 and 2016, raising the spectre of
more austerity cuts that may spark a new political crisis.

Jun 17, 2013

Greek PM faces allies, court on state TV closure

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faced a double challenge on Monday from coalition partners furious over the shutdown of state broadcaster ERT and a court hearing that could put the shuttered station back on air.

ERT’s abrupt closure last week in the name of austerity to please EU and IMF lenders triggered a deep rift in the ruling coalition, throwing the debt-choked nation back into turmoil just as faint hopes of a recovery had begun to sprout.