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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.

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.

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