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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.

Mar 10, 2013

Fleeing war, Syrians face new misery in Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) – Syrian shopkeeper Osama fled the fighting in Aleppo convinced he would be welcomed in Europe. Five months later, he is stuck in near-bankrupt Greece, where money and sympathy are scarce.

Beaten up and robbed by traffickers when they arrived in Athens, Osama, his wife and two children were arrested as illegal immigrants and thrown into detention when they recounted their ordeal to Greek police. Ordered out of Greece but without any place to go, he rues the day he set foot in the country.

Feb 24, 2013

After election win, Anastasiades faces Cyprus bailout quagmire

NICOSIA, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Cypriot president-elect Nicos
Anastasiades faces weeks of difficult talks with foreign lenders
on a financial rescue for the island nation after sweeping to a
resounding victory in a run-off election on Sunday.

Eight months of inconclusive talks on a bailout package have
turned tiny Cyprus into a big headache for the euro zone,
triggering fears of a financial collapse that reignites the
bloc’s debt crisis.

Feb 24, 2013

Cyprus votes for president as clock ticks on bailout deal

NICOSIA, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Cypriots voted on Sunday in a
runoff to elect a president who must clinch a bailout deal
before the island nation plunges into a financial meltdown that
would revive the euro zone debt crisis.

Conservative leader Nicos Anastasiades, who favours
hammering out a quick deal with foreign lenders, is tipped to
win against Communist-backed rival Stavros Malas, who is more
wary of the austerity terms accompanying any rescue.

Feb 22, 2013

In Cyprus port, Russian money flows freely

LIMASSOL, Cyprus, Feb 22 (Reuters) – In this seaside Cypriot
town, an image of the Kremlin’s onion domes adorns the doors of
a local mini-market, Ferraris stand ready for hire by wealthy
Russians and shops selling mink coats line streets drenched in
warm Mediterranean sunshine.

Home to over 30,000 Russians who began flocking to Cyprus
after the Soviet Union’s collapse and catering to many more
tourists each year, locals jokingly refer to the town, complete
with Russian signs and schools, as “Limassolgrad”.

Feb 21, 2013

Cyprus election favourite in talks to secure bridge loan

NICOSIA, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The frontrunner in Cyprus’s
presidential election runoff said on Thursday he has been in
touch with governments and unspecified funds for a bridge loan
to ensure the island nation does not run out of cash before it
secures an international bailout.

Conservative leader Nicos Anastasiades, who polled over 45
percent in last Sunday’s first voting round and is the favourite
to win the Feb. 24 runoff, told Reuters various parties,
including “governments and funds” which he did not identify, had
been “sounded out” for a short-term loan.

Feb 17, 2013

Cypriot candidates woo kingmaker for election run-off

NICOSIA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Cypriot political leaders begin
a week of bargaining on Monday after the first round of a
presidential election failed to produce an outright winner to
steer the island nation through its worst financial crisis in
four decades.

Conservative leader Nicos Anastasiades, who backs a swift
deal with EU and IMF lenders on a bailout to avert a Cypriot
bankruptcy, won Sunday’s vote but fell short of the absolute
majority needed to avoid a run-off on Feb 24. He faces
Communist-backed Stavros Malas in that round.