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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session before a vote of tax and pension reforms in Athens, Greece, May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greek Parliament Pushes Through Austerity Measures

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been forced once again to defend a decision by the country’s parliament to approve pension and tax reforms — necessary changes to unlock more bailout funds from the country’s international creditors.

May 9, 2016
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Migrants Arrive In Turkey After Being Sent Back Under EU Deal

Migrants sent back from Greece began arriving in Turkey on Monday after the EU’s disputed deal with Ankara to stem the influx of asylum seekers into Europe came into effect. In moves denounced by refugee agencies and human rights campaigners, the first two boats carried more than 130 migrants to the Western Turkish town of Dikili.

April 4, 2016
Migrants and refugees stand by a fence at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni

Citing Humanitarian Nightmare, Aid Agencies Are Pulling From Europe’s Refugee Prisons

The new deal between the EU and Turkey has transformed refugee “hotspots” into detention centers.

March 29, 2016
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EU Gives Greece Three Months To Improve Border Controls

Brussels (dpa) – The European Union on Friday issued 50 steps that Greece should implement to better control its borders within three months, in a process that could ultimately allow other European countries to maintain checks on migrants at their frontiers. The continent has been struggling to get a handle on a migration influx that […]

February 12, 2016

Migrants Scuffle With Hungary Police; Dead Toddler’s Image Shocks Europe

Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the 1990s has strained the European Union’s asylum system to the breaking point.

September 3, 2015

Greek Leftists Put On Brave Face As Poll Shows Conservatives Pulling Ahead

The poll showed Syriza set to win 25 percent of votes, just behind New Democracy on 25.3 percent. More than one in 10 voters remained undecided, meaning the final outcome is far from certain.

September 3, 2015

Greek Judge Appointed Caretaker PM Up To Elections

Vassiliki Thanou, an anti-austerity advocate who has argued against wage cuts for judges and court officials, will be sworn in as the country’s first female prime minister.

August 27, 2015

Greek President Expected To Formally Call Election On Friday

Syriza says it is aiming for an outright majority, although the strength of its support is unclear due to a lack of surveys by leading pollsters in the past month.

August 26, 2015

Tsipras Resigns, Paving Way For Snap Greek Election

The prime minister hopes to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.

August 21, 2015

Greek PM Poised To Seek Snap Election To Quell Party Rebellion

Tsipras is hoping to quell a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party and seal support to implement a tough bailout program.

August 20, 2015

In Germany, 60 Conservative MPs Oppose Merkel Course On Greece

The test ballot – a non-binding vote – showed 56 ‘no’ votes and 4 abstentions on Tuesday.

August 18, 2015

Greece, Lenders Clinch Bailout Deal After Marathon Talks

“Finally, we have white smoke,” a finance ministry official said.

August 11, 2015

Greece Upbeat About Bailout Deal, Sees One Within Two Weeks

A government spokeswoman said drafting of the bailout accord, which requires approval from Greece’s fractious parliament, would start on Wednesday.

August 4, 2015

Pressed By Left, Greece’s Tsipras Vows ‘Thus Far And No Further’

Tsipras faces a tough Syriza central committee session on Thursday with many activists angered by his acceptance of bailout terms more stringent than those voters rejected in a July 5 referendum.

July 29, 2015

Denials Fly In War Of Nerves Over Greek Debt Talks

Any hope of a fresh start in fraught relations between Greece’s leftist government, purged of its most radical members, and the institutions representing its creditors, appeared to be dashed by the flurry of assertions and rebuttals.

July 28, 2015

New Greek Bailout Talks Start, Creditors Seek More Action

Talks between Greece and its international creditors on a third bailout began in Athens.

July 27, 2015

Late Night Roundup: So Much Craziness, It’s A Miracle

Jon Stewart came back from his two-week vacation — and was glad to have Donald Trump around, as “the patron saint of topical comedians who are just running out the clock.”

July 21, 2015

Greek Banks Ready To Open Monday As Merkel Urges Swift Bailout Talks

The cautious reopening of the banks, and an increase in value added tax on restaurant food and public transport from Monday, are aimed at restoring trust inside and outside Greece after an aid-for-reforms deal last week averted bankruptcy.

July 19, 2015

Euro Zone Strikes Greek Deal With Tough Conditions

Euro zone leaders made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision on Monday.

July 13, 2015

Thomas Piketty: Germany’s Position On Greek Debt A ‘Huge Joke’

Thomas Piketty is calling out Germany, describing the country’s strident moral position on Greece’s debt as hypocritical and a “huge joke.”

July 7, 2015
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Greek Finance Minister Resigns After Anti-Austerity Vote

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s flamboyant finance minister, abruptly resigned Monday morning despite a national referendum that delivered a rousing endorsement to his anti-austerity policies just hours earlier.

July 6, 2015

In Landslide 61 Percent To 39 Percent Vote, Greece Says ‘No’ To Bailout Deal

The resounding rejection of an international bailout deal by voters in Greece raised fears Sunday of the collapse of the country’s banking system, a catastrophic government default, an eventual exit from the euro and potential social unrest.

July 6, 2015

Greek PM Urges Greece To Vote ‘No’ As Support Slips Away

Many Greeks fear EU leaders’ warnings that a “no” vote could mean Greece’s exit from the euro — a Grexit.

July 3, 2015

Greece Misses Debt Payment, Is Cut Off From Financial Lifelines

A last-minute request by Athens for an extension of its current bailout, which expired late Tuesday, was rejected by the other 18 nations that use the euro currency.

July 1, 2015
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Analysis: The Biggest Danger Of A Greek Default Could Be Political Instability

As Greece once again peers over the precipice of expulsion from the Eurozone common currency club, millions worldwide are wondering what consequences lie ahead for other countries and investors if, as now appears likely, Athens defaults on its bailout debts on Tuesday.

June 30, 2015