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Greece vote set for Sept 20 as Syriza takes poll lead

Atenas - Greece geared up Friday for a snap election next month, with an opinion poll showing the leftist party Syriza ahead despite a wave of defections over the country's massive new bailout.

Poll shows Tsipras in lead as Greece gears up for vote

Atenas - Greece geared up for its fifth election in six years with an opinion poll Friday showing leftist leader Alexis Tsipras ahead despite a wave of defections from his Syriza party over the terms of the country's massive new bailout"Today the great electora...

On Lesbos island, tourist comforts clash with migrant needs

Mytil - On the Greek island of Lesbos, a record influx of desperate migrants has left the tourist sector struggling to help out while still trying to keep its normal clientele.

Greece's top judge takes over as caretaker PM ahead of snap vote

Atenas - Greece's top judge on Thursday became the country's first female prime minister, taking over a caretaker administration to organise early elections next month, the fifth in the crisis-hit country in six years.

Greece's Tsipras rules out forming national unity govt

Atenas - Outgoing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday ruled out forming a national unity government should he fail to win a outright majority in snap elections triggered after he resigned last week.

Syriza plans programme to ease 'negative' impact of Greek bailout

Atenas - Greece's ruling radical left Syriza party is preparing a "parallel" programme to help ease the "negative consequences" of the tough austerity reforms that were required to obtain its latest international bailout, the government said Tuesday.

New blow for Greece's Syriza as rebels try to form govt

Atenas - Greece's embattled ruling Syriza party suffered another blow Monday when its secretary quit, as eurosceptic rebels were given a mandate to try to form a government.

Greek eurosceptics to take government mandate amid early election row

Atenas - A breakaway eurosceptic faction of Greece's Syriza party was to attempt to form a government Monday as the country headed for a likely September 20 snap ballot.

Barbed wire and stun grenades welcome refugees to Macedonia

Rent - For the 3,000 refugees and migrants stuck on Greece's border with Macedonia, being beaten back violently by police on Friday was just the latest indignity in a gruelling journey to new lives in Europe.

Syrian enemies share Greek ferry voyage into the unknown

Rent - When the paths of an injured Syrian opposition activist, a disenchanted Kurdish youth and a regime loyalist converge on a ferry travelling across the Aegean Sea to Athens, they barely talk to each other.

Five migrants hurt in clashes at Greek-Macedonian border

Rent - At least five people were hurt Friday when Macedonian police threw noise grenades to drive back migrants from the country's border with Greece, the latest flashpoint in Europe's growing refugee crisis.

Greece rebels form new party ahead of snap polls

Atenas - Rebels from Greece's Syriza party on Friday formed a breakaway parliamentary group after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned, paving the way for the crisis-hit country's fourth election in three years.

Greece's leader resigns, calls for new elections next month

Athens - Leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigned Thursday and called for new elections he hopes will bolster his support and ratify his decision to accept tougher austerity to keep Greece in the shared European currency.

Alexis Tsipras: PM locked in an endless Greek drama

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras knew all too well that Greece's huge bailout would appall many in his radical leftist party -- but now the hard-fought rescue has cost him his government.

A new migrant centre for Athens — with thousands in the queue

Atenas - Hot water, air-conditioning and three meals a day: Athens' new migrant site brings some much needed relief for residents exhausted by war and destruction. But most will only be able to call this place home for a few days.

Greece's Tsipras resigns, calls snap polls to beat party revolt

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation and called for snap elections, as he went on the offensive to defend the country's massive bailout after it triggered a rebellion within his own hard-left party.

Greece's Tsipras pushes September election to beat party revolt

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to call snap elections on Thursday, facing an internal party revolt by MPs furious at his embrace of austerity in a massive new international bailout.

Greece repays 3.4 bn euros to European Central Bank: Source

Atenas - Greece has repaid 3.4 billion euros ($3.79 billion) due to the European Central Bank Thursday, a source close to the Greek government said after the launch of a massive new reforms-for-bailout deal.

Op-Ed: Regional Greek airports privatized to be run by German firm

Athens - The Greek government gazette reveals that a German company Fraport AG has been given the rights to operate 14 regional airports. Fraport AG also runs the Frankfurt airport in Germany among others.

Greece to receive 23bn euro cash injection ahead of key repayment

Atenas - Greece is set to receive the first instalment of its third multi-billion-euro bailout Thursday, just as a key repayment to the European Central Bank falls due.A source close to the matter said Greece would receive 23 billion euros ($25.
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