ATHENS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Alexis Tsipras, his re-election
victory still warm, received congratulations from across Europe
on Monday that carried an underlying message: “Now get on with
The “it” is reforming the Greek economy as laid out in an
86-billion-euro ($96.6 billion) bailout that Tsipras agreed in
July before calling a snap election. He won that vote on Sunday
with a stronger mandate than forecast in pre-election opinion
polls, and now has few dissidents in his leftist Syriza party.
ATHENS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – As an icon for many on Europe’s
left, Greece’s newly elected prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, can
be expected to rattle the cages of the continent’s elite
whenever he can.
After Sunday’s solid re-election, he may start with the
migrant crisis, which he believes is emblematic of the European
Union’s failure to stick with its founding principles of unity.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Two fiery supporters-turned-opponents of Greece’s leftist Syriza party rounded on its leader Alexis Tsipras on Sunday, implicitly accusing him of capitulating to mainstream European interests and of betraying the Greek people.
Yanis Varoufakis, who as finance minister infuriated Greece’s international creditors by refusing to go along with their demands for austerity in return for cash, said the general election being held on Sunday was “to nullify” the wishes of Greeks.
ATHENS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Alexis Tsipras, the firebrand
Greek leftist who lost his bitter fight with Europe’s
establishment to end its harsh economic austerity against his
country, seeks re-election on Sunday a month after he resigned
as prime minister.
His Syriza party is in a tight election race with the
conservative New Democracy party of Vangelis Meimarakis, who
accuses Tsipras of incompetence in dealing with international
creditors who have been bailing out the debt-strapped country.
ATHENS, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A political calm before the
storm enveloped election-weary Greece on Saturday with all
campaigning and polling suspended ahead of Sunday’s vote, which
promised to be tight and possibly indecisive.
The election is being watched closely from outside Greece
because the winner will need to oversee deep economic reforms
required for an 86-billion-euro ($98-billion) bailout brokered
in August with Athens’ euro zone partners.
ATHENS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Three fresh-faced children
appear on the TV screen and, to the sound of kiddie piano music,
declare that they want Greece to belong to the Greeks.
Golden Dawn, on Greece’s extreme far right, is the only
answer to what they see as a creeping takeover by foreigners,
the ad implies.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece said on Thursday it was possible that large groups of refugees from Syria may be about to seek entry into the country from its land border with Turkey.
This would be a relatively new entry point to Greece for the refugees, tens of thousands of whom have braved small boats and sometimes dangerous seas this summer to get from Turkey to Greek islands such as Kos and Lesbos and onwards into the European Union.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s infrastructure cannot handle the thousands of migrants landing on its shores from places like war-torn Syria and Afghanistan and needs European Union help, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday.
“Now is the time to see if the EU is the EU of solidarity or an EU that has everyone trying to protect their borders,” he said after a meeting with ministers dealing with the influx.
ATHENS (Reuters) – At London’s Heathrow Airport, a traveler to Greece is offered a deal by Aegean Airlines: the flight is booked solid, take a different flight and get 400 euros ($440) and a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in Europe.
Some hours later in Athens, a long queue moves slowly forward to passport control, while smiling but harried officials shout out “Santorini”, “Mytilene” and the names of other sun-drenched Greek destinations as they try to herd tourists quickly toward connecting flights.
ATHENS, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Greek bank shares sold off sharply
for the third day in a row on Wednesday with buyers yet to
emerge on a scale large enough to counter continued dumping of
The losses follow a 50 percent plunge in the bank sub-index
over the previous two sessions and dragged down the wider Athens
market, where non-financials were generally outperforming banks.