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May 15, 2012

Hopes dwindle as Greek talks to avert polls drag on

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s president will try to coax party leaders on Monday into backing a government of technocrats to avert a new election, but the talks seemed unlikely to break a stalemate that threatens to drive the country towards bankruptcy and out of the euro zone.

Greece remains without a government nine days after an inconclusive election left parliament split between supporters and opponents of a 130 billion euro bailout package reviled by Greeks for imposing deep wage, pension and spending cuts.

May 9, 2012

Greek socialist makes last-ditch attempt at government

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos will make a last- ditch attempt to form a government on Thursday and avoid a new election after voters rejected a bailout deal and pushed Greece into a political crisis.

Chances are slim Venizelos can clinch a deal after both the conservatives and leftists tried and failed to cobble together a coalition in three days of talks following Sunday’s election, when voters spurned big parties and their austerity policies.

May 8, 2012

Left gets historic but slim chance to lead Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s Left Coalition party will get an historic chance on Tuesday to form a government opposed to the country’s EU/IMF bailout, after the mainstream conservatives failed to cobble together a coalition following shock election results.

The odds are stacked against it, raising the prospect of fresh elections.

Alexis Tsipras, aged 37, whose party was catapulted into second place by voters angry with austerity, will take on the tough task of wooing small groups into forming the first leftist government in Greece’s modern history.

May 8, 2012

Left gets historic chance to pull Greece out of limbo

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s Left Coalition party will get an historic chance on Tuesday to form a government opposed to the country’s EU/IMF bailout, after the mainstream conservatives failed to cobble together a coalition following a shock inconclusive election.

Alexis Tsipras, whose party was catapulted into second place by voters angry with austerity, will take on the tough task of wooing small groups into forming the first leftist government in Greece’s modern history.

May 7, 2012

Greeks punish main parties, risk euro exit

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greeks angry at years of austerity shrugged off the risk of a euro zone exit and punished their ruling parties, which failed to win enough votes to form a ruling coalition in Sunday’s election.

With about 95 percent of the vote counted, conservative New Democracy and Socialist PASOK, who have dominated Greece for decades and are the only two major parties supporting an EU/IMF bailout program that keeps Greece afloat, won less than 33 percent of ballots and only 150 out of 300 parliament seats.

May 6, 2012

Rage of Greeks in election endangers bailout

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek voters enraged by economic hardship mauled traditional ruling parties in an election on Sunday, putting the country’s future in the euro zone at risk and threatening to revive the region’s debt crisis.

The latest official results, with over 50 percent of the vote counted, confirmed projections showing the only two major parties supporting an EU/IMF bailout that keeps Greece from bankruptcy would struggle to form a workable coalition.

May 5, 2012

Greek Socialist bruiser Venizelos faces uphill battle

ATHENS (Reuters) – Socialist party leader Evangelos Venizelos is running an uphill race to Sunday’s election, trying to convince angry Greeks that deeply unpopular economic reforms are the only way to escape the worst crisis in decades.

In less than three years, his PASOK party went from a landslide election victory to fifth place in opinion polls, loathed by Greeks for imposing crippling austerity measures and accused by European powers of mishandling a debt crisis that shook the euro zone to its foundations.

May 4, 2012

Greek resistance hero fights for Left at age of 89

ATHENS (Reuters) – Manolis Glezos takes to the podium with the spry step of a young man, lifts his arms in the air and tells thousands of flag-waving supporters the time has come for the Greek Left to unite and rule.

At 89, the former wartime fighter against Nazi occupation, who is running for the Left Coalition party, hopes Sunday’s election will fulfill his lifetime dream.

May 4, 2012

Conservative leader front runner in Greek election

ATHENS, May 4 (Reuters) – Family history weighs heavily on
conservative leader Antonis Samaras as he battles to lead Greece
after Sunday’s general election.

His great-grandmother, Penelope Delta, a celebrated author
of patriotic children’s books, committed suicide in 1941, unable
to stand the sight of German tanks rolling down the streets of
Athens during World War Two.

May 3, 2012

Greeks to vent rage in weekend election

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek voters enraged by economic hardship will punish traditional parties in a highly uncertain election on Sunday that could plunge the country into new political chaos and shake the entire euro zone.

At stake is whether Greece sticks with the harsh terms of a hugely unpopular 130 billion euro ($170.83 billion) EU/IMF bailout, or heads down a path that could see it ejected from the single currency, with dire risks for other EU peripheral states like Spain and Italy.

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