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Sep 18, 2015

Greece election campaign ends as polls show no clear winner

ATHENS (Reuters) – An election campaign in Greece ends on Friday with opinion polls giving no clear winner, setting the stage for a cliffhanger vote on Sunday between the political left and right, and the near-certainty the next government will be a coalition.

Five opinion polls on Thursday and Friday underlined the tightness of Greece’s election campaign, offering different outcomes but all pointing to no outright winner when ballots are cast.

Sep 17, 2015

‘Heretic’ of Greek politics eyes return from wilderness

ATHENS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – A civil engineer and one-time
aspiring musician who claims to have had the foresight to
predict Greece’s financial crisis 25 years ago is making a dent
in mainstream parties’ support before national elections.

Tapping into frustration at years of economic hardship and
broken promises, Vassilis Leventis’s Union of Centrists is
polling between 3.5 and 4 percent of the electorate, giving it a
foothold to win seats in Greece’s 300-member parliament in
Sunday’s vote.

Sep 15, 2015

Debate leaves Greek election outcome more uncertain than ever

ATHENS (Reuters) – The outcome of Sunday’s Greek national election looks more uncertain than ever after the country’s two dominant politicians ruled out working with each other and apparently failed to sway undecided voters in a final televised debate.

Three hours of often lively exchanges on Monday night that were long on rhetoric but short on substance ended with leftist Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras and his conservative New Democracy rival Vangelis Meimarakis as evenly matched as before the cameras rolled, commentators and other politicians said.

Sep 14, 2015

Greece’s Tsipras snubs rival’s unity plea in last pre-election debate

ATHENS (Reuters) – The leader of Greece’s leftist Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, snubbed a plea on Monday from his conservative rival to join a coalition government, as they both made a play for undecided voters six days ahead of an election.

In the final televised debate between the two political heavyweights before Sunday’s ballot, New Democracy leader Vangelis Meimarakis said Greek voters sought the stability that would come if both parties worked together.

Sep 14, 2015

Greeks despair over drowned refugee children

ATHENS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Greek divers trawled the Aegean
Sea on Monday for survivors of the country’s worst maritime
accident involving refugees, as officials reacted with despair
at the scene of the tragedy in which 15 babies and children

In all, 34 people died and nearly 100 were rescued after
their small wooden boat capsized early on Sunday off the tiny
island of Farmakonisi, less than 10 km (6 miles) from the
Turkish coast.

Sep 11, 2015

Migrant flows to Greek mainland unabated as island bottleneck eases

ATHENS (Reuters) – A refugee bottleneck on Greece’s easternmost islands has eased after recent dangerous overcrowding, rescue agencies said on Friday, as thousands of migrants per day continue to arrive on the mainland.

The debt-strapped country is struggling to cope with a wave of mostly Syrian refugees using Greece, Macedonia and Hungary as transit routes to wealthier northern European nations, in one of the biggest migratory shifts in Europe in a century.

Aug 24, 2015

Greece says lacks infrastructure to cope with migrant influx

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece said on Monday its infrastructure was insufficient to cope with the waves of refugees flowing into the country in one of the worst humanitarian crises Europe has faced since the World War Two.

In the throes of its worst economic meltdown in generations, Greece has been plunged into a new crisis in the making with a mass influx of refugees, mainly Syrians fleeing civil war.

Aug 24, 2015

Anti-bailout leftist gets Greek coalition mandate

ATHENS (Reuters) – A radical leftist opposed to Greece’s new bailout deal won a presidential mandate on Monday to try to form a new government but immediately admitted he would fail, pointing towards a snap election.

Panagiotis Lafazanis, whose anti-bailout Popular Unity party was founded only on Friday, got three days to pull together a coalition after the main conservative opposition failed to do so.

Aug 24, 2015

Greek conservative opposition gives up bid to form government

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s conservative opposition leader acknowledged on Monday that he could not form a government and lambasted outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for dragging the country back to elections after just seven months in power.

After a fruitless three-day search for a coalition partner, New Democracy leader Vangelis Meimarakis handed back a mandate to form a government to the country’s president.

Aug 21, 2015

Greece moves refugees to mainland, crush builds on border

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece ferried hundreds of refugees to its mainland on Friday to relieve the pressure on outlying islands that have been overwhelmed by thousands of people arriving by boat to flee Syria’s civil war.

At the same time, crowds of migrants massed on the Greek border with Macedonia, preparing to travel north across a continent that is struggling to cope with the influx of desperate people escaping from conflict and poverty.