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Feb 17, 2015

Greek PM says will not compromise or rush into a deal

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday his government would not succumb to “blackmail” and would instead quickly start voting in new laws to reverse bailout reforms.

In a combative speech, he signaled little intention of backing down Greece’s clash with its euro zone partners, despite a looming financial crisis.

Feb 15, 2015

Greeks brim with pride as country totters on the edge

ATHENS, Feb 15 (Reuters) – For over a fortnight, Europe’s
single warning to Greece has been that the chaos and misery of
national bankruptcy await it unless its new left-wing government
changes its anti-austerity tune.

The message of impending doom appears to have gone largely
unnoticed on the streets of Athens, where a mood of hope and
optimism bordering on euphoria reigns as Greeks see themselves
finally shaking off foreign shackles to shape their own destiny.

Feb 8, 2015

Greek PM Tsipras sets up another EU clash, refuses bailout extension

ATHENS, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Greece’s new leftist prime
minister, Alexis Tsipras, said on Sunday he would not accept an
extension to Greece’s current bailout, setting up a clash with
EU leaders – who want him to do just that – at a summit on
Thursday.

Tsipras also pledged his government would heal the “wounds”
of austerity, sticking to campaign pledges of giving free food
and electricity to those who had suffered, and reinstating civil
servants who had been fired as part of bailout austerity
conditions.

Feb 3, 2015

Brash new government holds Greeks in thrall

ATHENS (Reuters) – Barely a week in power, Greece’s new leftwing government is winning over an increasingly enthusiastic domestic audience by moving boldly on populist campaign pledges at home even as it strikes a more moderate note abroad.

While selling a message of reassurance on a diplomatic charm offensive in Europe, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has surged to a 68 percent approval rating at home by taking a radical line to show that the old, unreliable world of Greek politics as usual is out — both symbolically and otherwise.

Jan 26, 2015

Greek leftist Tsipras sworn in as PM to fight bailout terms

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures.

The decisive victory by Tsipras’ Syriza in Sunday’s snap election reignites fears of new financial troubles in the country that set off the regional crisis in 2009. It is also the first time a member of the 19-nation euro zone will be led by parties rejecting German-backed austerity.

Jan 26, 2015

Greek leftists ally with right against bailout after huge election win

ATHENS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Greek left-wing leader Alexis
Tsipras on Monday agreed to team up with a right-wing party to
form a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face
down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough
economic measures.

The decisive victory by Tsipras’ Syriza in Sunday’s snap
election reignites fears of new financial troubles in the
country that set off the regional crisis in 2009. It is also the
first time a member of the 19-nation euro zone will be led by
parties rejecting German-backed austerity.

Jan 25, 2015

Greece’s Syriza set to sweep election in anti-austerity triumph

ATHENS, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Greece’s leftwing Syriza looked
set for a comfortable victory over the ruling conservatives, an
exit poll showed, with a chance of winning a full majority to
face down international creditors and roll back years of painful
austerity measures.

Syriza could gain 35.5-39.5 percent of the vote, well ahead
of the conservative New Democracy party of outgoing Prime
Minister Antonis Samaras on 23-27 percent, according a joint
exit poll for Greek television stations issued immediately after
voting ended.

Dec 30, 2014

Small parties to play outsized role in Greek election

ATHENS, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Greece’s splintered political
landscape means small, often relatively new parties may
determine whether the winner of elections next month can cobble
together a lasting government and avoid a new financial crisis.

The Jan. 25 vote marks a showdown between the conservative
New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who
imposed unpopular budget cuts under Greece’s international
bailout deal, and the radical leftist Syriza of Alexis Tsipras,
who wants to cancel austerity along with a chunk of Greek debt.

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.