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Jul 20, 2015

Special Report: The man who cost Greece billions

ATHENS (Reuters) – Once again Alexis Tsipras was struggling to make a decision. For hours on July 13, the Greek prime minister and Europe’s leaders had been trying to thrash out a new deal to bail out bankrupt Greece and keep the country in the euro zone.

Now a clean copy of the latest text had been printed, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and European Council President Donald Tusk were satisfied with the terms. So too appeared Tsipras – but he left the room to check the details one more time with colleagues in his leftist party Syriza.

Jul 20, 2015

The man who cost Greece billions

ATHENS, July 20 (Reuters) – Once again Alexis Tsipras was
struggling to make a decision. For hours on July 13, the Greek
prime minister and Europe’s leaders had been trying to thrash
out a new deal to bail out bankrupt Greece and keep the country
in the euro zone.

Now a clean copy of the latest text had been printed, and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois
Hollande and European Council President Donald Tusk were
satisfied with the terms. So too appeared Tsipras – but he left
the room to check the details one more time with colleagues in
his leftist party Syriza.

Jul 7, 2015

Cartoonist cyber-bullied as Greek politics turn sour

ATHENS, July 7 (Reuters) – One of Greece’s most popular
cartoonists has pulled down his Facebook page after what
appeared to be a concerted attack by pro-government cyber
bullies.

A cartoon published by Arkas last month seemed anodyne
enough: a newscaster saying “I have complete trust in the
government. It has its feet firmly planted in the clouds.”

Sep 23, 2014

Snap polls looming, Greece may opt for unusual president: Deputy PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Greece’s coalition government may propose a non-political figure for president in March to seek consensus and avoid snap elections that could derail its economic progress, Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos told Reuters on Tuesday.

Although the Greek president’s role is largely ceremonial, failure by parliament to elect one would force early national elections with no likely outright winner, plunging Greece into a political crisis a few years after narrowly avoiding default.

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.

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