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Aug 7, 2015

Greece says cannot handle migrants; UNHCR calls crisis ‘shameful’

LESBOS, Greece/GENEVA (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras asked Europe to help in handling tens of thousands of refugees coming in from Syria, Afghanistan and other war zones, saying on Friday his cash-strapped country could not deal with them alone.

The influx has piled pressure on Greece’s services at a time when its own citizens are struggling with harsh cuts and its government is negotiating with the EU and the IMF for fresh loans to stave off economic collapse.

Aug 6, 2015

Refugees cheer, pray, embrace strangers as they reach Greece

LESBOS, Greece, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The man in a red and white
checked shirt gingerly waded through the water holding an
infant. Seconds after shrugging off a life jacket, Syrian
refugee Mustafa Mohammad embraced the first person he met in

A two-hour sea journey from the western shores of Turkey,
this bamboo-fringed coastline on the northern Greek island of
Lesbos has become the main gateway into the European Union for
refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and the wider Middle East.

Aug 5, 2015

Greece’s Tsipras says loan deal with lenders close

ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday that Greece was close to concluding a deal with lenders on a multi-billion-euro bailout, which he said would end doubts over its place in the euro zone.

The comments were the latest in a series of unusually upbeat assessments by Greek and European officials of progress in talks towards up to 86 billion euros ($93.6 billion) in fresh loans to stave off the country’s financial ruin and economic collapse.

Jul 14, 2015

Greek PM: bailout deal must be implemented, even if ‘one-way street’

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended the bailout deal struck at Sunday’s euro zone summit and ruled out resigning, saying that the “bad deal” was the best available under the circumstances.

“I am fully assuming my responsibilities, for mistakes and for oversights, and for the responsibility of signing a text that I do not believe in, but that I am obliged to implement,” Tsipras told Greek public television on Tuesday.

Jul 12, 2015

Angry at demands, Greeks rail at German “humiliation”

ATHENS, July 12 (Reuters) – Greeks accused Germany of trying
to humiliate them by making tougher demands for a new bailout
deal, as the country’s fate in the euro zone hung in the balance
ahead of a meeting of European ministers in Brussels on Sunday.

Elected on a promise to rid Greece of austerity, Prime
Minister Alexis Tsipras was forced this week to make last minute
concessions to the international creditors for painful
austerity measures in the hopes of securing a cash-for-reforms

Jul 10, 2015

Greek PM Tsipras seeks party backing after abrupt concessions

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to his party’s lawmakers on Friday to back a tough reforms package after abruptly offering last-minute concessions to try to save the country from financial meltdown.

After walking into a party meeting to applause, Tsipras rallied his Syriza lawmakers to throw their weight behind the new proposals ahead of a snap vote in parliament on the negotiations, urging them to help keep Greece in the euro.

Jul 10, 2015

Greeks hope for deal after latest bailout proposals

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greeks awoke on Friday hoping their government would finally seal a cash-for-reforms deal with its international creditors after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras offered last-minute concessions to try to save the country from bankruptcy.

The Greek parliament will vote on whether to throw its weight behind the new proposals and two senior figures from the ruling Syriza party sounded an optimistic note on Friday morning on securing the lawmakers’ backing.

Jul 5, 2015

Divided and desperate Greeks vote in referendum that may decide euro future

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greeks voted on Sunday in a referendum that could determine their future in Europe’s common currency, with banks shuttered, the treasury empty and a population desperate, angry and so deeply split that the outcome was too close to call.

The referendum is officially a Yes or No vote on a bailout offer from creditors, but a ‘Yes’ could bring down the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while European leaders say a ‘No’ could force a chaotic exit from the euro.

Jul 3, 2015

Greeks deeply divided heading into crucial vote

ATHENS, July 3 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Greeks took
to the streets on Friday in rival rallies that laid bare the
deep divide heading into a referendum that may decide the
country’s future in Europe’s single currency.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, elected in January on a
promise to end years of austerity, urged people packing Syntagma
square in central Athens to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal
offered by international creditors to keep the country afloat.

Jul 3, 2015

Greeks evenly split heading into crucial referendum

ATHENS (Reuters) – Thousands of Greeks staged rival rallies on Friday ahead of a weekend referendum that may decide the country’s future in Europe’s single currency, with polls showing voters almost evenly split.

At least 20,000 people turned out at each rally, at the end of a week of high drama following the government’s rejection of an aid deal with international creditors and the closure of banks.