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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.

Jan 14, 2013

Gun attack on PM’s party HQ escalates Greek violence

ATHENS (Reuters) – Unidentified attackers opened fire on the 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 political office that conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras maintains in the building, but no-one was hurt.

Dec 17, 2012

Greece’s triangle of power

ATHENS (Reuters) – In late 2011 the Greek finance minister made an impassioned plea for help to rescue his country from financial ruin.

“We need a national collective effort: all of us have to carry the burden together,” announced Evangelos Venizelos, who has since become leader of the socialist party PASOK. “We need something that will be fair and socially acceptable.”

Dec 17, 2012

Special Report: Greece’s triangle of power

ATHENS (Reuters) – In late 2011 the Greek finance minister made an impassioned plea for help to rescue his country from financial ruin.

“We need a national collective effort: all of us have to carry the burden together,” announced Evangelos Venizelos, who has since become leader of the socialist party PASOK. “We need something that will be fair and socially acceptable.”

Nov 19, 2012

Greek PM to reshuffle cabinet after new loan tranche – sources

ATHENS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Antonis
Samaras will reshuffle his cabinet once he secures a vital loan
tranche to make his government more effective in a new wave of
austerity measures demanded by international lenders, government
officials said on Monday.

Samaras will hold separate meetings with his two coalition
partners, Socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and
Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis, later on Monday to discuss
the new cabinet, the officials told Reuters.

Nov 12, 2012

Special Report: Greece’s far-right party goes on the offensive

ATHENS (Reuters) – Arm raised in a Nazi-style salute, the leader of Greece’s fastest-rising political party surveyed hundreds of young men in black T-shirts as they exploded into cheers. Their battle cry reverberated through the night: Blood! Honour! Golden Dawn!

“We may sometimes raise our hand this way, but these hands are clean, not dirty. They haven’t stolen,” shouted Nikolaos Mihaloliakos as he stood, floodlit, in front of about 2,000 diehard party followers filling an open-air amphitheatre at Goudi park, a former military camp near Athens.

Nov 10, 2012

Former Greek PM attacks successor as Socialist rifts deepen

ATHENS (Reuters) – The man who led Greece into the euro has attacked former Prime Minister George Papandreou’s handling of the debt crisis, adding to infighting threatening the Socialist Party’s position in the ruling coalition.

Costas Simitis, who was prime minister from 1996 to 2004 and ushered the country into the single currency in 2001, said in a new book that the government of his former ally and fellow Socialist was naive and incompetent when the crisis erupted in late 2009.

Nov 1, 2012

Insight: Greek “tax cheat” lists yield one suicide, no convictions

VOLOS, Greece (Reuters) – Leonidas Tzanis, a Greek provincial lawyer and former government minister, went down to his basement garage in the city of Volos last month, tied a TV cable to a metal beam and hanged himself.

Friends and family say Tzanis died because he was on a list, one of several hinting at financial crimes which are dominating Greek headlines and filling a vacuum created by the state’s failure to act decisively on tax evasion and corruption.

Nov 1, 2012

Greek “tax cheat” lists yield one suicide, no convictions

VOLOS, Greece, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Leonidas Tzanis, a Greek
provincial lawyer and former government minister, went down to
his basement garage in the city of Volos last month, tied a TV
cable to a metal beam and hanged himself.

Friends and family say Tzanis died because he was on a list,
one of several hinting at financial crimes which are dominating
Greek headlines and filling a vacuum created by the state’s
failure to act decisively on tax evasion and corruption.

Oct 7, 2012

Merkel to face protests on first crisis visit to Greece

ATHENS/BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Greeks she wants to keep their country in the euro when she visits Athens this week, but she faces a hostile reception from a people worn down by years of austerity and recession.

Many Greeks blame Merkel, who has publicly chastised them for much of the past three years, for the nation’s plight. Opponents, some of whom have caricatured her as a bullying Nazi, have promised protests on Tuesday during her first visit to Greece since the euro zone crisis erupted there in 2009.

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