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May 4, 2012

Greek leftist taps into anti-politician anger

ATHENS, May 4, (Reuters) – In barely two years, Fotis
Kouvelis has gone from obscure leftist rebel to the man who
could hold the key to Greece’s next government, after winning
over many voters with his low-key, avuncular style.

With a pro-euro and anti-austerity message, the
63-year-old’s Democratic Left party has tapped into voter anger
over the terms of an international bailout to emerge as one of
four parties battling for third place when Greeks vote in a
general election on Sunday.

May 3, 2012

Soft-spoken Greek leftist rides wave of discontent

EGIO, Greece (Reuters) – Few took notice when Greek lawyer Fotis Kouvelis gathered supporters at an Athens hotel to set up his own leftist party two years ago.

Today, the grey-haired leftist is much harder to ignore.

With a pro-euro and anti-austerity message, Kouvelis’s small Democratic Left party has quickly snapped up disgruntled Socialist voters to become one of four groups battling for third place when Greece votes in a general election on Sunday.

Apr 26, 2012

Atop the Acropolis, voter fury trips up Communists

ATHENS (Reuters) – It was meant to be a picture-perfect election campaign stop: Greece’s communist leader striding across the ancient Acropolis to rally marble workers painstakingly restoring a symbol of Greece’s past splendor.

Instead, Aleka Papariga’s pre-election visit this week became memorable for all the wrong reasons: blue-collar workers heckled to ask why she failed to block spending cuts; others drowned her out by yelling she was part of the same self-serving political system her party claims to fight.

Mar 4, 2012

Greek town withers as boom turns to bust

KOMOTINI, Greece (Reuters) – Decades ago, Antonis Seitanidis’ family fled Asia Minor to settle in the northern Greek town of Komotini in search of a better life.

Today, he is urging his grandchildren to abandon the town – a place that once gave him hope but is now ravaged by factory closures, a lack of jobs and rising anger.

Mar 3, 2012

In Greece, redundancy tips factory worker over the edge

KOMOTINI, Greece (Reuters) – After more than 30 years as a factory worker, Dimitris Manikas was dreaming of retirement and plans to get married for the third time when a redundancy notice blew his hopes away.

Laid off from his job at a trash can factory in this northern Greek town, the 52-year-old father of two called off his wedding — even though he had bought the wedding bands. Without any income, he feared his house would be next to go.

Mar 3, 2012

In Greece, redundancy tips factory worker over the edge

KOMOTINI, Greece, March 4 (Reuters) – After more than
30 years as a factory worker, Dimitris Manikas was dreaming of
retirement and plans to get married for the third time when a
redundancy notice blew his hopes away.

Laid off from his job at a trash can factory in this
northern Greek town, the 52-year-old father of two called off
his wedding — even though he had bought the wedding bands.
Without any income, he feared his house would be next to go.

Feb 24, 2012

Greek leftist rides anti-austerity wave to election

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will take years to get back on its feet unless it ditches the unbearable budget cuts in the latest EU/IMF rescue plan and instead focuses on achieving economic growth, said the leader of a small leftist party which is rising rapidly in opinion polls.

A mild-mannered lawyer who shuns the fiery rhetoric popular with his Greek political peers, Fotis Kouvelis has become an unexpected sensation before elections in April, with his Democratic Left party soaring to the No. 2 spot in most polls.

Feb 22, 2012

Greek pro-bailout parties to survive voter anger

ATHENS (Reuters) – Support for Greece’s two pro-bailout parties has sunk to an all-time low, but pollsters predict the squabbling rivals will still scrape through upcoming elections with enough seats in parliament to push through the reforms demanded by lenders.

With Greece finally clinching a 130-billion-euro rescue package to avert a messy default, attention is slowly shifting to elections due in April – with financial markets and European partners nervously waiting to see whether a new government will swallow the bitter austerity pill prescribed in return for aid.

Feb 22, 2012

Analysis: Greek pro-bailout parties to survive voter anger

ATHENS (Reuters) – Support for Greece’s two pro-bailout parties has sunk to an all-time low, but pollsters predict the squabbling rivals will still scrape through upcoming elections with enough seats in parliament to push through the reforms demanded by lenders.

With Greece finally clinching a 130-billion-euro rescue package to avert a messy default, attention is slowly shifting to elections due in April – with financial markets and European partners nervously waiting to see whether a new government will swallow the bitter austerity pill prescribed in return for aid.

Jan 27, 2012

Greek PM sees quick debt swap deal, end-game in sight

ATHENS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Greece expects to clinch a
long-awaited bond swap deal within days, Prime Minister Lucas
Papademos told Reuters on Friday, promising the country would
avoid an unruly default feared by financial markets worldwide.

But in a sign that Greece’s troubles will be far from over
even with a deal, a report showed that the European Union and
IMF want Greece to push through more budget cuts and austerity
reforms before they sign off on a new bailout package.