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Jul 19, 2012

Exasperated lenders get blunt with Greece

ATHENS, July 19 (Reuters) – The International Monetary
Fund’s mission chief for Greece, Poul Thomsen, walked grim-faced
into his first meeting with newly elected Prime Minister Antonis
Samaras on July 5 wearing a black tie looking as if he was going
to a funeral.

Whether he was making a point or not, the first
meet-and-greet visit by Greece’s exasperated international
lenders with the new government was blunt, both sides told
Reuters.

Jul 6, 2012

Greece wants to renegotiate policies, not targets: PM

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will meet targets set by international lenders, but needs more time and wants to renegotiate policies that make its fiscal situation worse by preventing a return to economic growth, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Friday.

In his first policy speech since taking office, Samaras outlined his government’s priorities before a confidence vote on Sunday. Samaras said his aim was not to demand a change of the goals set in the 130 billion euro bailout deal keeping Greece afloat, but in the austerity policies imposed to meet them.

Jun 19, 2012

Greek rage to force bailout changes: Tsipras

ATHENS (Reuters) – Though it didn’t win last weekend’s election, Greece’s fast-rising radical leftist leader says his party has won the argument against the austerity measures keeping Greece in the eurozone and will inevitably come to power.

“What Syriza has been saying all along is that the bailout plan is not viable and cannot go on,” party chief Alexis Tsipras told Reuters in his first interview since last Sunday’s parliamentary election. “Now they all recognize this.”

Jun 19, 2012

Tsipras – Greek rage to force bailout changes

ATHENS (Reuters) – Though it didn’t win last weekend’s election, Greece’s fast-rising radical leftist leader says his party has won the argument against the austerity measures keeping Greece in the eurozone and will inevitably come to power.

“What Syriza has been saying all along is that the bailout plan is not viable and cannot go on,” party chief Alexis Tsipras told Reuters in his first interview since last Sunday’s parliamentary election. “Now they all recognise this.”

Jun 18, 2012

Relieved Europe hints at more time for Greece

BERLIN/ATHENS (Reuters) – Euro zone paymaster Germany, relieved at a narrow election victory for Greece’s pro-bailout parties, signaled on Monday it may be willing to grant Athens more time to meet its fiscal targets to avert a catastrophic euro exit.

But financial markets’ relief that the 17-nation European currency area had avoided plunging deeper into crisis was mitigated by concern about unresolved problems in Greece, the lack of a comprehensive plan for the euro zone as a whole and weakness in the world economy.

Jun 18, 2012

Greek pro-bailout parties look to forge coalition

ATHENS (Reuters) – Political parties supporting Greece’s international bailout will begin forging a government on Monday after an election victory over radical leftists staved off the prospect of the debt-laden country leaving the euro and brought relief to global markets.

Conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras called for broad support after winning Sunday’s election over the radical SYRIZA party, which had threatened to cancel the aid deal in defiance of the country’s lenders.

Jun 15, 2012

Bookies favour Greek right but soccer may sway vote

ATHENS, June 15 (Reuters) – Bookmakers see Greece’s
conservative New Democracy winning Sunday’s election but
political parties say the race is so close that even an
international soccer match or the weather may help usher the
radical left into power.

Greeks angry after two years of austerity and decades of
corruption punished mainstream politicians in an inconclusive
election on May 6 that catapulted the SYRIZA party to a surprise
second place, turning the fringe leftists into serious
contenders in Sunday’s repeat vote.

Jun 15, 2012

Bets are on Greek right but soccer may sway vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Bookmakers see Greece’s conservative New Democracy winning Sunday’s election but political parties say the race is so close that even an international soccer match or the weather may help usher the radical left into power.

Greeks angry after two years of austerity and decades of corruption punished mainstream politicians in an inconclusive election on May 6 that catapulted the SYRIZA party to a surprise second place, turning the fringe leftists into serious contenders in Sunday’s repeat vote.

Jun 14, 2012

Greeks to decide euro membership in nail-biter vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – An upstart radical leftist is racing neck and neck with the conservative heir of a prominent Greek family in an election on Sunday that will decide if Greece stays in the euro zone and which could spread turmoil across global financial markets.

Voters fed up with the harsh measures prescribed by international lenders in a 130 billion euro bailout punished mainstream parties in an inconclusive May 6 election and appear split over the choices offered in the repeat vote.

Jun 13, 2012

Greek radical Tsipras is no working class hero

ATHENS (Reuters) – Alexis Tsipras, the radical Greek leftist who wants to cancel a bailout deal keeping the country afloat if he wins elections on Sunday, is no working class hero.

Born into a comfortable middle class family, Tsipras has a post-graduate degree in engineering but worked only briefly in construction before turning to full-time politics and being handed the SYRIZA party leadership on a platter four years ago.

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