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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

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

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 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

Tsipras seeks 'honest compromise' as Greece wrangles with creditors

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Experts from the IMF and the EU are scrutinizing a list of reforms that Athens has proposed in its bid to get the creditors to release 7 2 billion euros 7 81 billion in loans

In this file photo, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signs the protocol of the swearing in of the new government, in Athens on 27 January 2015. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Tsipras tells Merkel 'impossible' to repay debt – report

Mar 23, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Report: Greece s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warnes German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a letter that Athens will not be able to service its debt without financial help from the EU

Greek flags flutter in the breeze in Athens. Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece seeks bailout extension with reform plan

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:11 PM

UPDATED Greece submits the list of economic reforms demanded by its creditors to extend the country s bailout program by 4 months a European source says

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis delivers a speech with his French counterpart Michel Sapin (not pictured) during a press conference after a meeting at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance of Becy in Paris, France, 01 February 2015.  Etienne Laurent/EPA

Veteran conservative Pavlopoulos elected Greek president

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:40 AM

The former minister and expert in public law was put forward for the post in a bid to draw much needed cross party support as debt laden Greece races to negotiate a new loan deal with its international creditors

MR. PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Prokopis Pavlopoulos talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (not in photo), during their meeting in Prime Minister's office, in Athens, Greece, 17 February 2015. Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

Greece handed ultimatum as eurozone bailout talks collapse

Feb 17, 2015 - 8:53 AM

Despite the acrimony Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says the different sides can come to an agreement on the bailout within the next two days

Greek flags are waving in front of the parliament building in Athens, Greece, 16 February 2015. Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece fails to reach bailout deal with Europe

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:33 AM

Six hours of talks produces no agreement on an extension of Greece s 240 billion euro 270 billion EU IMF bailout program

In blow to Greece, ECB restricts banks' access to cash

Feb 05, 2015 - 10:30 AM

In a decision that rattled financial markets the ECB said it will no longer allow Greek banks to use government debt which has a junk rating as collateral for loans

Greek austerity relief gets high-profile supporters

Feb 03, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Greece s new left wing government can boast some high profile allies in its controversial drive against austerity in Europe

Greek finance chief: Support new deal to end debt 'addiction'

Feb 02, 2015 - 1:10 PM

Yanis Varoufakis: It s not that we don t need the money; we re desperate What this government is all about is ending this addiction

NEW APPEAL. Greek newly appointed Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis delivers a speech with his French counterpart Michel Sapin (not pictured) during a press conference after a meeting at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance of Becy in Paris, France, 01 February 2015. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Greece offers olive branch as search for allies begins

Feb 01, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Greece s anti austerity government begins a European charm offensive aimed at building consensus on renegotiating its 240 billion euro 270 billion bailout

TALKING FINANCE. Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for the handover ceremony in the ministry of Finance in Athens, Greece, 28 January 2015. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Greek MPs hold crunch presidential vote to avert snap polls

Dec 28, 2014 - 12:49 PM

The definitive round of voting to choose a successor to President Karolos Papoulias comes during last ditch efforts by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to get the government s candidate elected

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

Greek lawmakers pass austerity package

Nov 08, 2012 - 7:16 AM

Conservative and socialist lawmakers from Greece s three party coalition government voted to adopt the 18 5 billion euro 23 6 billion budget cuts by 2016 despite protests earlier in the day

Greek president calls for technocrat government

May 15, 2012 - 9:04 AM

Greece s president called Monday May 14 for talks on a technocrat government seeking to resolve the crisis over a tough EU IMF debt bailout which risks forcing the country into new elections and out of the eurozone

Greek voters punish outgoing coalition for austerity drive

May 07, 2012 - 11:46 AM

The ruling coalition in Greece was routed in elections leaving the country s future hanging in the balance