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Jun 12, 2012

Greek conservative learns from debacle, but maybe too late

ATHENS (Reuters) – Antonis Samaras swallowed his fear of hecklers, took off his jacket and mingled with the crowd, part of an energetic makeover that the veteran conservative leader hopes will win Sunday’s election and save Greece.

In a country where politicians are routinely spattered with yoghurt or pelted with eggs by furious voters, his walkabout in the town of Corinth over the weekend counts as a bold move.

Jun 7, 2012

Greek far-right party member assaults politicians on TV

ATHENS (Reuters) – The spokesman of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party slapped one female leftist politician in the face and threw a glass of water at another during a live TV debate on Thursday, causing a political uproar and an order for his arrest.

Other political parties condemned Ilias Kasidiaris for the assault on the two women during a morning talk show on private television station Antenna ahead of the June 17 parliamentary election.

Jun 6, 2012

Election promises no end to Greece’s agony

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s mainstream parties may defeat a radical leftist leader whose policies could force the country out of the euro, but victory in the election on June 17 is unlikely to be conclusive and another vote may be on the horizon.

The upstart leftist SYRIZA party is running neck-and-neck with conservative New Democracy ahead of the second national election in six weeks as Greece reels from a debt crisis that is shaking the euro to its core.

Jun 6, 2012

Analysis: Election promises no end to Greece’s agony

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s mainstream parties may defeat a radical leftist leader whose policies could force the country out of the euro, but victory in the election on June 17 is unlikely to be conclusive and another vote may be on the horizon.

The upstart leftist SYRIZA party is running neck-and-neck with conservative New Democracy ahead of the second national election in six weeks as Greece reels from a debt crisis that is shaking the euro to its core.

May 22, 2012

Greeks embrace some new myths about life with the euro

ATHENS (Reuters) – In a land of ancient myths, modern Greeks have created some of their own about their near-bankrupt country’s future as an integral part of a Europe that will never kick them out.

Solemn warnings from abroad that Athens cannot stay in the euro while rejecting the terms attached to the billions offered to pull Greece out of its financial hole are widely disbelieved in a land that considers itself the envy of foreigners.

May 21, 2012

Greece party talks framed by unreality, punctuated by insults

Athens (Reuters) – “Gentlemen, we are finished,” said the patrician President, calling an abrupt halt to two hours of baiting and cat-calling between furious Greek politicians. “I’m starting to get upset myself now. We are finished.”

The final collapse of talks to forge a new Greek government triggered repeat elections and fears of a chaotic exit from the euro zone. But it is the manner of that collapse, the acrimony and rancour cited by Karolos Papoulias, that bodes ill for efforts after June polls to pull Greece back from the brink.

May 21, 2012

Insight: Greece party talks framed by unreality, punctuated by insults

Athens (Reuters) – “Gentlemen, we are finished,” said the patrician President, calling an abrupt halt to two hours of baiting and cat-calling between furious Greek politicians. “I’m starting to get upset myself now. We are finished.”

The final collapse of talks to forge a new Greek government triggered repeat elections and fears of a chaotic exit from the euro zone. But it is the manner of that collapse, the acrimony and rancor cited by Karolos Papoulias, that bodes ill for efforts after June polls to pull Greece back from the brink.

May 15, 2012

Greece to hold new election, jolts euro markets

ATHENS/PARIS, May 15 (Reuters) – Attempts to form a
government in Greece collapsed on Tuesday, jolting financial
markets at the prospect leftists opposed to the terms of an EU
bailout could sweep to victory and nudge the euro zone crisis
into a dangerous new phase.

The turmoil in Athens sent waves around other troubled
members of the 17-nation European single currency area. The euro
slipped below $1.28 while Spanish and Italian bond yields
rose above the danger level of 6 percent as investors scurried
for shelter in safe haven German Bunds.

May 15, 2012

Greece will hold new vote after failure to form govt

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will hold a new election after politicians failed to form a government on Tuesday, nine days following an inconclusive vote, prolonging a political crisis that pushes it closer to bankruptcy and exit from the euro.

After a third day of failed talks with political leaders, a spokesman for President Karolos Papoulias said the process of seeking a compromise had been declared a failure and a new vote must be held.

May 15, 2012

Greece will hold new vote after failure to form government

ATHENS, May 15 (Reuters) – Greece will hold a new election
after politicians failed to form a government on Tuesday, nine
days following an inconclusive vote, prolonging a political
crisis that pushes it closer to bankruptcy and exit from the
euro.

After a third day of failed talks with political leaders, a
spokesman for President Karolos Papoulias said the process of
seeking a compromise had been declared a failure and a new vote
must be held.

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