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Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has pledged to create jobs and get rid of obstacles to business

SWORN IN. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greece heads to polls with voters expected to oust Tsipras

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Polls forecast that Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker and scion of a leading Greek political family, will win an absolute majority in Sunday's legislative elections

ELECTIONS. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is battling to overcome a 10-point deficit in opinion polls amid widespread dissatisfaction after years of high taxation. Photo by Milos Bicanski / AFP

Greek MPs approve Macedonia name change in 'historic' deal

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:43 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 153 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament approve the name Republic of North Macedonia despite widespread public opposition

HISTORIC. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates after a voting session on the Prespa Agreement, an agreement aimed at ending a 27-year bilateral row by changing the name of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia, at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on January 25, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Gloves come off as Greek elections loom

Jan 06, 2019 - 3:59 PM

With the ballot scheduled for October but expected as early as March, hostility between the ruling leftist Syriza party and the frontrunning New Democracy conservatives has hit fever pitch

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, wearing a tie, waves before addressing the parliamentary group of leftist Syriza and coalition partner Independent Greeks in Athens, on June 22, 2018, after Eurozone financial ministers have agreed to complete the eight-year bailout program for Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 22, 2018 said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy. The eurozone ministers' agreement comes nearly a decade after Athens finances spun out of control, sparking three bailouts and threatening the country's euro membership. Tsipras, who hates ties and hasn't worn one since becoming prime minister in 2015, had pledged at the time he would wear one "only when (Greece's) debt is cut".  Milos Bicanski / AFP

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Forensics experts press ahead with the difficult task of identifying the bodies of those who perished in the catastrophe, where at least 87 people perished

WILDFIRE. A fireman investigates the interior of a burnt out restaurant at the seaside resort od Mati, in the eastern Attica region after the deadly fires swept the area earlier in the week on July 27, 2018. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greece, Macedonia sign historic deal to end name row

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Officials in Athens insist that the deal will help stabilize the historically volatile Balkan region, permitting Greece to focus on other regional challenges

Greek judges accuse Tsipras government of 'dirty' attacks

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The government is systematically attempting to subjugate and control justice the association of judges and prosecutors protested over the weekend

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras addresses the Greek parliament on July 11, 2017 in Athens. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greek holiday island battles to recover from deadly quake

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The quake strikes at the height of the tourism season Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meanwhile warns against dramatizing the issue

AFTERMATH. Firefighters walk past a bar where two tourists died on the island of Kos following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake which struck the region on July 21, 2017. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Newly restored shrine at Jesus' tomb unveiled

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Religious leaders open the ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried

UNVEILING. A picture taken on March 21, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem shows the renovated Edicule of the Tomb of Jesus (where his body is believed to have been laid). Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Obama warns against 'crude' nationalism

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:07 AM

After a year of populist shocks from Britain s vote to leave the EU to Trump s surprise win last week and the rise of anti migrant movements in Europe Obama cautions against succumbing to divisive instincts

US President Barack Obama holds a press conference with the Greek prime minister (not seen) after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on November 15, 2016. Yorgos Karahalis/AFP

Greek PM proposes constitutional change for 'direct democracy'

Jul 26, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Alexis Tsipras says people should be allowed to elect the nation s president – who is currently chosen by parliament – if efforts by lawmakers fail

CHARTER CHANGE. Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras speaks on the constitution reform outside the parliament building in Athens on July 25, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Emergency measure that feeds Greek crisis

Jul 03, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Overall the Greek economy which had begun growing again at the end of 2014 shrinks by 1 4 in the first quarter of 2016

Employees of the Greek largest retail chain, Marinopoulos, Carrefour's franchise partner in Greece and some Balkan countries, march towards the company's building after breaking into the company's premises in Southern Athens on June 29, 2016 after the company filed for protection from its creditors, under the threat of confiscations. Marinopoulos, Greece’s biggest supermarket chain, is on the verge of bankruptcy. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/ AFP

Greece in debt relief 'breakthrough' with eurozone, IMF

May 25, 2016 - 8:59 AM

UPDATED Analysts warn however that the details of the crucial deal are sketchy

An European Union and Greek flags fly in central Athens on July 4, 2015. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/File

Greek parliament approves new austerity measures to unlock bailout cash

May 23, 2016 - 12:48 AM

UPDATED The 7 000 page bill that raises the sales tax cap and introduces a contingency mechanism to slash spending further in case of budget overruns is passed thanks to the Syriza led coalition government s slim majority

Greek MPs vote on reform package amid nationwide strikes

May 08, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Greece s budget deficit has ballooned as it struggles to keep up with mammoth debt payments which the International Monetary Fund believes is unsustainable

SHUTDOWN. Pensioners stand outside a closed branch of the Greek National Bank in Thessaloniki on June 29 as Greece ordered its banks to shut for one week and imposed capital controls. File photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Pope brings hope to migrants, chastises leaders in Lesbos visit

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:42 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis begins his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos whose goal he says is to show closeness and solidarity with the refugees

epa05261348 Pope Francis (C) arrives at a camp for refugees in Moria and greets refugee children, on Lesvos (Lesbos) island, Greece, 16 April 2016. Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos, accompanied by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on 16 April, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe's migration crisis. EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

IMF: Current Greece finance plans not realistic

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:55 AM

We question whether it is plausible for a country with such high unemployment and the attendant social pressures to be running such big surpluses over many political cycles to come

'NOT REALISTIC'. A file photo dated May 18, 2011 showing the sign of the International Monetary Fund at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Greece expels second wave of migrants to Turkey under EU deal

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Greek officials say two boats carrying 124 migrants – most of them Pakistani men – had been sent back across the Aegean Sea where hundreds have lost their lives in a quest to reach Europe

EU DEAL. A migrant (C-R) is escorted by a Frontex officer (C-L), boarding a Turkish-flagged passenger boat, to be returned to Turkey, at the port of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, April 8, 2016. Photo by Stratis Balaskas/EPA

IMF chief says Greece plan 'good distance away' amid leaks row

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The IMF conducts its negotiations in good faith not by way of threats and we do not communicate through leaks says Christine Lagarde

epa05237608 International Monetary Fund (IMF) President Christine Lagarde attends the Seminar on International Financial Questions at the French Economy and Finance Ministry in Paris, France, 31 March 2016. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Refugee conditions in Greece 'deteriorating' – Angelina Jolie

Mar 17, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Jolie also meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who tells her there are 30 000 people trapped in the Greek mainland because of unilateral actions by the countries on the Balkan route

MOBBED. US actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie (C) visits the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, March 16, 2016. Pantelis Saitas/EPA

EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

Mar 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

New official figures show that a record 1 2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA

Thousands of Afghans stranded in Greece as Macedonia shuts border

Feb 22, 2016 - 9:44 PM

UPDATED Overall some 8 000 people are trapped on Greece s northern frontier and at the port of Piraeus after Macedonia introduced the measure on Sunday in a bid to stem an unrelenting influx of migrants

MACEDONIA MIGRANTS. A group of Afghan refugees wait for permission to cross the border from Macedonia to Serbia near Tabanovce, Kumanovo, The Former Yugoslav Reublic of Macedonia, February 20, 2016. Photo by Nake Batev/EPA

Greece set to recognize Palestine

Dec 20, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The motion to recognize the state of Palestine will be put in a parliamentary vote next week a government source says

Members of the Parliament vote for Greek President at the Parliament in Athens, Greece, 23 December 2014. TSimela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece passes 'tough' austerity-extending 2016 budget

Dec 06, 2015 - 9:23 AM

Behind the numbers anybody can see the agonizing effort to support the working classes says Prime Minister Tsipras

PASSED. Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (L) and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) attend a parliament session prior to a budget vote in Athens, Greece, December 5, 2015. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Greek lawmakers to vote on austerity-extending 2016 budget

Dec 05, 2015 - 8:21 PM

The coalition government is trying to meet conditions for an unpopular third international bailout enacted in July

AUSTERITY. File photo of members of the Greek Parliament vote in Athens, Greece, 23 December 2014. TSimela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece's new Syriza-led govt survives no-confidence vote

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:54 AM

The governing coalition of the premier s left wing Syriza party and the nationalist Independent Greeks ANEL used their 155 strong majority to pass the motion through the 300 seat parliament

CONFIDENCE VOTE. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) addresses lawmakers during a parliament session prior the confidence vote of the new government, at the Greek Parliament in Athens early on October 8, 2015. Lousa Gouliamaki/AFP

EU welcomes Tsipras victory, says no 'time to lose' on reforms

Sep 21, 2015 - 8:40 PM

Alexis Tsipras secures his second mandate as Greek prime minister this year at a snap general election Sunday that should allow him to drive through unpopular reforms under a third rescue package worth up to 86 billion euros

File photo of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras by Andrea Bonetti/Prime Minister Of Greece Press Office/Handout/EPA

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Sep 21, 2015 - 12:47 PM

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Greece will elect 'fighting government', usher in 'new era' – Tsipras

Sep 20, 2015 - 3:38 PM

Polls open at 0400 GMT in the cliffhanger vote pitting Tsipras s radical left Syriza party against the conservative New Democracy bloc headed by tough talking ex lawyer and defense minister Vangelis Meimarakis

TSIPRAS VOTING. Alexis Tsipras, former greek prime minister and leader of the radical feft party SYRIZA, casts his ballot during the Parliamentary elections, in Athens, Greece, September 20, 2015. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Greek election too close to call with 48 hours to go

Sep 18, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Will young radical ex PM Alexis Tsipras triumph again or will he be punished for tying Greece to painful economic reforms?

EX-PM SEEKS RETURN. Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. File photo by Andrea Bonetti/Prime Minister of Greece Press Office/Handout/EPA

Greece vote set for Sept 20 as Syriza takes poll lead

Aug 28, 2015 - 10:02 PM

UPDATED President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signs a decree dissolving parliament and confirming the widely expected date of September 20 for the crisis hit country s fifth election in 6 years

General view of the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill on a cloudy day, in Athens, Greece, 12 November 2013. Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

Greece names top judge as caretaker PM ahead of snap vote

Aug 27, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Vassiliki Thanou 65 is known for firing off an emotional letter to European Commission chairman Jean Claude Juncker in February

Greek political leaders row over snap election

Aug 23, 2015 - 6:12 PM

An unprecedented war of words has broken out between Greece s outgoing government the parliament chief and the president over early elections

Members of the Parliament vote for Greek President at the Parliament in Athens, Greece, 23 December 2014. TSimela Pantzartzi/EPA

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Aug 21, 2015 - 6:43 PM

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Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigns

Aug 21, 2015 - 3:25 AM

The snap election is expected to be held on September 20

DEFIANT. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/ EPA Orestis Panagiotou/ EPA

Eurozone approves Greek bailout in return for far-reaching reforms

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:58 AM

New loans of up to 86 billion euros 96 billion will be made available over the next 3 years to Greece says the European Commission

APPROVED. President of Eurogroup and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem leaves after a special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis. Eurozone finance ministers on August 14 approved Greece's third bailout package in five years moving within reach of a deal that will commit the near-bankrupt country to wide-reaching reforms in return for urgently needed funds. Photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

Eurogroup must decide Greek debt deal today – France

Aug 14, 2015 - 9:51 PM

The International Monetary Fund believes Greece must get some debt relief if the government is ever to have hope of getting the economy back on its feet

Germany skeptical over Greek bailout deal backing despite Tsipras confidence

Aug 13, 2015 - 10:31 AM

As eurozone ministers prepared to examine the accord in Brussels on Friday August 14 Tsipras says he is confident the 400 page document will be approved

'A LOT WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER.' Luca Paolini, Pictet Asset Management’s chief strategist in London, says 'there are still critical risks to be resolved'

Greece reaches deal on third bailout with creditors

Aug 11, 2015 - 4:07 PM

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos: We are very close There are a couple of very small details remaining on prior actions

IN TATTERS. A ripped off Greek national flag flutters in central Athens on July 22, 2015. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greek bailout talks with auditors begin as market to reopen Monday

Aug 01, 2015 - 1:04 PM

The government hopes to conclude the EU IMF fiscal audit before August 20 when it is scheduled to repay 3 4 billion euros to the European Central Bank including interest

REOPENING. The Greek stock market is set to reopen on August 3, 2015 as talks continue between Greece's finance and economy ministers with the representatives of the country's creditors on a new multi-billion-euro bailout. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

A frosty welcome for Greece's hated creditors

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:13 PM

The IMF EU and ECB became a widely loathed emblem of the painful austerity demanded by Greece s creditors in return for two previous bailouts cuts many say brought the country s economy to its knees

IN TATTERS. A ripped off Greek national flag flutters in central Athens on July 22, 2015. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greece asks for fresh IMF aid in step closer to bailout

Jul 25, 2015 - 8:42 AM

In his letter to IMF Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos notes that Greek parliament has passed two laws enshrining a series of tough reforms demanded by the creditors including tax rises and a pensions overhaul

HELP. A file photo dated 18 May 2011 showing the sign of the International Monetary Fund at the entrance of the Headquarters of the IMF, also known as building HQ2, in Washington, DC, USA. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Greece passes second crucial bailout bill

Jul 23, 2015 - 8:25 AM

UPDATED The bill passes by a resounding 230 votes out of the 298 members of parliament present after a marathon debate stretching into the early hours that nonetheless exposed deep divisions in the governing Syriza party

APPEAL. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers his speech during a parliamentary session in Athens, Greece July 22, 2015. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Greece to vote on second bailout bill in test for Tsipras

Jul 22, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Analysts say it will nonetheless prove a test of whether Tsipras can avoid a split within Syriza that could fell his fragile coalition government

CALM. People sit outside the Greek parliament in Athens on July 21, 2015. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Financial reboot: Banks reopen in Greece after 3-week shutdown

Jul 20, 2015 - 3:42 PM

UPDATED The head of the Greek bank association urges citizens to bring their savings back to the banks

OPEN FOR BUSINESS. People enter a bank in central Athens on July 20, 2015.Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Banks to reopen, taxes hiked as Greece prepares to reboot economy

Jul 19, 2015 - 9:24 PM

UPDATED Greece is preparing to restart its struggling economy after months of fraught confrontation with its creditors

EURO. This photo shows the map of Europe represented on a Euro coin and banknotes. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Greek banks to reopen Monday but capital controls remain

Jul 18, 2015 - 9:45 PM

The three week shutdown costs the country s struggling economy some 3 0 billion euros 3 3 billion not counting lost tourism revenue

EURO. This photo shows the map of Europe represented on a Euro coin and banknotes. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Greek lawmakers back bailout as clashes erupt in Athens

Jul 16, 2015 - 7:39 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras manages to push through a series of unpopular reforms demanded by the country s international creditors despite scenes of anger over austerity in Athens

BAILOUT DEBATE. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) addresses the members of the parliament during a parliamentary session in Athens, Greece, July 15, 2015. Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

Greece to vote on bailout after explosive IMF report

Jul 15, 2015 - 1:53 PM

UPDATED The outcome of the crucial vote is far from clear after the IMF issued a stark warning that Greece would need far more debt relief to stop it crashing out of the common currency

In this photo, Greek riot police stand on the steps leading up to the parliament building in Athens, as leftist protesters hold an anti-EU demonstration in Athens on July 12, 2015. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Greece punchline 2

Jul 15, 2015 - 5:00 AM