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Sep 26, 2013

Exclusive: Any attempt by Greek far-right to force elections could backfire – deputy PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party would damage itself if it tries to force elections by walking out of parliament in a pique over a government crackdown, the country’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.

Evangelos Venizelos, who is also foreign minister in a coalition government, was responding to Greek media reports that Golden Dawn, which denies a neo-Nazi label, was considering pulling its 18 deputies from the 300-seat parliament, hoping to force political change.

Aug 22, 2013

Book Talk: Philip Caputo explores the glue holding America together

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Caputo has long pondered the question – what holds as vast and diverse a country as America together.

In 2011, he set out with his wife and two dogs to cross the country in an old camper in search of the answer, about 17 years after the idea first came to him standing on a wind-whipped island off the Alaska coast.

Jun 7, 2013

The island fighting for a new Greece

KASTELORIZO, Greece (Reuters) – When George Papandreou declared Greece was effectively bankrupt in April 2010, the former prime minister chose to do so standing by the sparkling harbour waters of Kastelorizo, a remote Aegean island. It has turned out to be a fitting backdrop.

This speck at the easternmost corner of Europe has become a symbol of Greece’s struggle to confront old ills and build a better future. The country’s economic crisis has spurred inhabitants of the island, population 350, to challenge the political elite that ruled Kastelorizo for 18 years.

Mar 14, 2013

Insight: Numbers game turns nasty for Greek stats chief

ATHENS (Reuters) – Economist Andreas Georgiou knew his job would not be easy. It was when he discovered his emails were being hacked and leaked that the real challenge of taming his country’s approach to official statistics hit home.

Hired in 2010 to reform the discredited Greek Statistics Authority ELSTAT, Georgiou discovered the e-mail breach weeks into the job.

Mar 14, 2013

Numbers game turns nasty for Greek stats chief

ATHENS, March 14 (Reuters) – Economist Andreas Georgiou knew
his job would not be easy. It was when he discovered his emails
were being hacked and leaked that the real challenge of taming
his country’s approach to official statistics hit home.

Hired in 2010 to reform the discredited Greek Statistics
Authority ELSTAT, Georgiou discovered the e-mail breach weeks
into the job.

Jan 24, 2013

Greek government backs its embattled statistics chief

ATHENS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Greece’s government on Thursday
backed its embattled statistics chief, accused in felony charges
of artificially inflating budget deficit figures to make the
country’s debt crisis appear worse.

Greek statistics agency ELSTAT head Andreas Georgiou has
denied wrongdoing and the European Union’s own Eurostat
statistics agency has defended him, saying the deficit was
calculated in line with its standards.

Jan 17, 2013

Greece not out of woods, must stick to reforms: finance minister

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece must resist internal political pressure to slow economic reforms in a year that will dictate whether it avoids bankruptcy, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told Reuters in an interview.

With EU partners starting to praise Greek efforts to exit its worst crisis in decades and some economic indicators showing fledgling signs of recovery, demands are increasing on the government to give up crippling austerity and reforms.

Jan 17, 2013

Greece not out of woods, must stick to reforms -FinMin

ATHENS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Greece must resist internal
political pressure to slow economic reforms in a year that will
dictate whether it avoids bankruptcy, Finance Minister Yannis
Stournaras told Reuters in an interview.

With EU partners starting to praise Greek efforts to exit
its worst crisis in decades and some economic indicators showing
fledgling signs of recovery, demands are increasing on the
government to give up crippling austerity and reforms.

Jan 14, 2013

Gun attack on PM’s party HQ as Greek violence escalates

ATHENS (Reuters) – Unidentified attackers opened fire on the Athens headquarters of Greece’s governing New Democracy party with a Kalashnikov assault rifle early on Monday, in what the government said was a worrying escalation in political violence.

Police said a bullet pierced the window of the office that conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras maintains in the building near the city centre, but no one was hurt.

Jan 14, 2013

Gun attack on PM’s party headquarters as Greek violence escalates

ATHENS (Reuters) – Unidentified attackers opened fire on the Athens headquarters of Greece’s governing New Democracy party with a Kalashnikov assault rifle early on Monday, in what the government said was a worrying escalation in political violence.

Police said a bullet pierced the window of the office that conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras maintains in the building near the city centre, but no one was hurt.

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