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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

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

Greece approves law allowing legal sex change from 15

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The governing leftist Syriza party secures the law's passage with support from the small liberal To Potami party, with 148 votes in favor out of 285 MPs present

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

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

Comeback kid Tsipras storms to victory in Greek election

Sep 21, 2015 - 7:28 AM

Greece s charismatic leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras romps to victory in Greece s general election winning his second mandate as premier this year despite a controversial austerity deal struck with European leaders

VICTORY. Greek radical-left Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras arrives at the election campaign headquarters of the Syriza party in Athens on September 20, 2015. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP

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

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

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

Greek PM calls party congress on bailout in September

Jul 30, 2015 - 11:36 PM

Tsipras is under pressure from a sizeable minority of Syriza members who say the agreement signed with international creditors goes against the government s anti austerity promises

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

Germany, France demand 'serious' proposals from Greece after 'No' vote

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:54 AM

It is now up to the government of Alexis Tsipras to make serious credible proposals so that this willingness to stay in the eurozone can translate into a lasting program

UNITED FRONT. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive to deliver a speech to the press following a crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace regarding Greece, in Paris, France, July 6, 2015. Etienne Laurent/EPA

10 days in the Greek debt crisis

Jul 07, 2015 - 12:22 AM

Greek voters defiant rejection of the terms of an international bailout in Sunday s referendum caps a dramatic week for the country in its standoff with EU IMF creditor who are demanding tough austerity measures in exchange for further rescue funds

WAITING. A homeless man sleeps in a cardboard box outside a closed shop in the center of Athens on July 5, 2015. Photo by Andreas Solaro / AFP

Europe scrambles to respond to Greek 'No' on bailout

Jul 06, 2015 - 8:44 AM

European leaders react with a mix of dismay and caution after Greek voters defy their warnings and vote No in a historic referendum

CELEBRATION. Supporters of the 'No' campaign react after the results of the referendum in Athens, Greece, 05 July 2015. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Eurozone in tailspin after Greece votes 'No' to bailout

Jul 06, 2015 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED Greek voters overwhelmingly reject international creditors tough bailout terms but premier Alexis Tsipras insists the result does not mean a rupture with Europe despite fears it will end in a Grexit from the eurozone

'OXI' WINS. A boy holds a Greek national flag as people celebrate in front of the parliament on July 5, 2015 in Athens after early results showed those who rejected further austerity measures in a crucial bailout referendum were poised to win. Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Polling opens in crucial Greece bailout referendum

Jul 05, 2015 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Greek voters head to the polls to vote in a historic tightly fought referendum on whether to accept worsening austerity in exchange for more bailout funds in a gamble that could see it crash out of the euro

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

On the edge: Split Greece braces for bailout referendum

Jul 05, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Greece hurtles toward a crunch bailout referendum which could determine its financial future and even its place in the eurozone

GRIEF. A July 3, 2015 shows Giorgos Chatzifotiadis, sitting on the ground crying outside a national bank branch, as pensioners queue to withdraw their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Thessaloniki. Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much and he collapsed in tears. Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Greece on the brink after Europe refuses bailout

Jun 28, 2015 - 9:04 AM

UPDATED Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he is confident that the Greek people will say an emphatic no to the ultimatum by the country s EU IMF creditors but a big yes to European solidarity

UNION IN DANGER. Protesters hold a Greek and a EU flag outside the parliament during a rally demanding Greece to remain in the Eurozone in Athens, Greece, June 22, 2015. Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece debates referendum amid fears of run on banks

Jun 27, 2015 - 8:26 PM

The Greek prime minister s Syriza party urges Greeks to vote against the bailout program arguing it would worsen austerity in a nation already buckling under economic hardship

REFERENDUM. A general view shows a TV screen displaying Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announcing a July 5 referendum, wherein voters will decide whether their government should accept an economic reform package put forth by Greece's creditors. Photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece's Tsipras in crunch debt talks with creditors

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:22 AM

The parties agree to resume the talks at 0700 GMT Thursday morning in hopes of finalizing a deal in time to present it at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers later in the day

OFF THE CLIFF? A man passes by a graffiti showing a euro sign and a car in the colors of Greece jumping off on the wall of an old house in Athens, Greece, on June 24, 2015. Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Europe closes in on Greece debt deal

Jun 23, 2015 - 8:44 AM

European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker says he is convinced they could end the 5 month stand off with the leftist Greek government led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

UNION IN DANGER. Protesters hold a Greek and a EU flag outside the parliament during a rally demanding Greece to remain in the Eurozone in Athens, Greece, June 22, 2015. Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece deal urged as new proposals offered ahead of debt summit

Jun 22, 2015 - 7:42 AM

UPDATED The heads of the 19 eurozone countries will hold an emergency summit on the crisis in Brussels under pressure to prevent Greece from defaulting on its debt

Protesters take part in a rally against austerity and in support of the government in the negotiations with Greece's international creditors, in Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, June 21, 2015. Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greek premier defiant as bailout talks enter 'homestretch'

May 24, 2015 - 12:04 AM

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras also accuses some creditors of taking advantage of Greece s cash asphyxiation and pledges he will not budge to irrational demands that involve crossing his government s red lines

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

Greece wants funds as talks progress

May 04, 2015 - 10:39 PM

Athens has been squeezing funds from within the economy to make loan repayments but there are concerns that it will have trouble finding the 1 1 billion it needs to repay the IMF

Greek government reverses austerity policies, stocks hit

Jan 29, 2015 - 2:08 PM

New Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras begins reversing many of the unpopular measures that underpin Greece s 240 billion euro 269 billion bailout program

NEW LEADER. Greek radical left SYRIZA party leader and newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) smiles as he is on his way to enter the Prime Minister's offices, the Maximos Mansion, in Athens, Greece, 26 January 2015. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Greece demands fair deal and will not 'submit' to EU

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:52 PM

In a speech to the cabinet his first since taking office the radical new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insists Greece s new leaders were no longer willing to bow to the politics of submission

Greek radical left SYRIZA party leader and newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) smiles as he is on his way to enter the Prime Minister's offices, the Maximos Mansion, in Athens, Greece, 26 January 2015.  Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

New Greek leader set to unveil anti-austerity government

Jan 27, 2015 - 2:20 PM

Greece s Syriza led administration is now on a collision course with international creditors over plans to renegotiate its massive bailout deal

Greek radical left SYRIZA party leader and newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) smiles as he is on his way to enter the Prime Minister's offices, the Maximos Mansion, in Athens, Greece, 26 January 2015.  Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Europe warns Greece's Syriza to stick to austerity

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:18 PM

Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels a day after Greece s Syriza stormed to victory on the back of promises to end disastrous austerity

GREEK WIN. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras (R) is sworn in as Prime Minister by the President of Republic Karolos Papoulias (2nd L), in Athens, Greece, 26 January 2015. Greek leftist leader Alex Tsipras was sworn in as the country's new prime minister on 26 January, hours after clinching a deal with the right-wing Independent Greeks to form an anti-austerity government.   EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Syriza shakes Europe as it forms Greek coalition government

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Thousands of people pour into the streets of Athens after Syriza s bigger than expected win made it the first anti austerity party to take power in Europe

epa04584650 Alexis Tsipras, opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party, greets supporters after the initial election results for the Greece general elections in Athens, Greece, 25 January 2015. EPA/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS

Anti-austerity Syriza wins historic Greek election victory

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:12 AM

The possibility of Greece defaulting on its debt repayments under a Syriza government is likely to spark renewed fears the country could be forced to leave the eurozone

Alexandros Vlachos/EPA Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

Greece votes in make-or-break election

Jan 25, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Electing the left Syriza party would represent a leap into the unknown but many Greeks appear prepared to take a chance after years of hardship

TO THE POLLS. A woman writes a note on a board of messages with a slogan reading in Greek: 'We vote what our heart says,' in central Athens, Greece, 24 January 2015. Greece will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday 25 January 2015.  EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

Greek polls frontrunner says win will start leftist change in Europe

Jan 04, 2015 - 8:33 AM

Germany s Der Spiegel news weekly reports Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to let Greece leave the eurozone if the new government jettisons austerity

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