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Op-Ed: Only hope for Greece now is that creditors reject deal

Brussels - The Greek parliament has approved proposals by the Syriza government that have harsher austerity measures than the deal that over 60 percent of Greeks rejected in a referendum.

Op-Ed: The 'Yes' side won the Greek referendum

Athens - Greeks rejected a proposed deal that their government had put to a referendum rather than accept. The same government is now agreeing to negotiate an agreement that will bring even more austerity and harsher conditions.

Op-Ed: The contradictions in Greek policy continue

Athen - Negotiations between Greece's creditors and the Syriza government have seen many change in positions by the Greek government on privatization, taxes, debt reduction, and other issues. Different officials made contrasting statements on disputed issues.

Op-Ed: Greece may have been planning a Grexit from the beginning

Athens - An article by Simon Nixon in the Wall Street Journal suggests senior Greek officials such as prime minister Tsipras and economy minister Yanis Varoufakis had from the beginning decided creditors would never extend reasonable terms to Greece.

Op-Ed: Paul Krugman applauds the Greek referendum on Troika offer

Athens - Paul Krugman, the American liberal economist, has been consistently critical of the austerity program demanded by the Troika as a condition of releasing the final funds of the Greek bailout that expires on June 30.

Op-Ed: Greek prime minister sees deal with creditors on Monday

Athens - With less than two weeks left before the present Greek bailout loan expires, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is still optimistic that a deal can be reached this Monday.

Op-Ed: Greek debt negotiations reach crisis level

Athen - The Greek debt negotiations may be coming to a critical point after optimism that a deal might be reached last Thursday. By Friday, stocks were headed down again amid worries of a Greek default.

Greece to skip next loan payment to International Monetary Fund

Athens - After earlier promising that it would make the payment of 300 million euros due on Friday June 5, the Greek government has now asked that its four payments due this month be bundled together to be paid at the end of June.

Creditors present Greece with draft for a debt deal

Athens - The Troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank(ECB) and International Monetary Fund(IMF) have presented Greece with a draft agreement on terms of the bailout loan.

Op-Ed: Greek prime minister says deal with creditors close

Athens - Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, insists he is close to a deal with the country's creditors that would result in the remainder of the bailout loan funds to be dispersed helping to ease the country's cash shortage.

Greek officials claim they are close to a deal with creditors

Athens - Greek officials said there was progress during weekend negotiations with creditors even though no breakthrough deal has been reached as yet.

Op-Ed: Greek government revamps negotiating team

Athens - Feisty Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has reportedly been relegated to the sidelines in negotiations with EU and IMF creditors for a deal that would release more funds from the bailout loan.

Greece sends draft reform list to its creditors Friday

Brussels - Greece submitted the long-awaited list of 18 reforms to its creditors on Friday. Officials from the Troika of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund will study the reforms over the weekend.

Op-Ed: Greek's creditors press government for acceptable reforms

Athens - Deposits in Greek banks fell by more than $8.2 billion in February to $154.2 billion. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government is under extreme pressure to reach an agreement with creditors so that more bailout funds will be released.

Op-Ed: Prime minister Tsipras says Greece will not seek a third bailout

Athens - Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, announced that Greece will not seek a third bailout when the extension of the present bailout runs out in four months time.

Op-Ed: Syriza spins debt deal defeat as a success

Athens - After presenting proposals for a debt deal that reneged upon most of Syriza's campaign promises that were rejected by Germany, the Syriza Greek government claims it won the battle for the debt deal.

Greece seeks bridge financing as debt deal may take time

Brussels - Greece and its EU creditors are extending talks over the weekend in order to possibly reach a deal at talks with EU finance ministers on Monday at Brussels.

Op-Ed: Paul Krugman on Syriza's policies

New York - Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010.

Philosopher advises sending non SYRIZA supporters to gulag

A Slovenian philosopher and ardent supporter of the Greek extreme left political party SYRIZA has suggested that to ensure a democratic future all those who do not support SYRIZA should be given one-way tickets to the gulag.

Greece hit by 24-hour strike

Greek unions have called a 24-hour strike which will disrupt transport, banks and hospitals on May Day. The government delayed the traditional May Day holiday until May 7 so businesses could benefit from extra trade in the run up to Orthodox Easter.

Greece: SYRIZA distances itself from leftist violence

The homes of five Greek journalists were targeted with bombs, the offices of PASOK and ND were hit by incendiary devices, and bank branches were subject to arson attacks. These incidents of leftist violence in Greece occurred over the last three days.

Alexis Tsipras predicts Greek elections will be held soon

Alexis Tsipras, leader of SYRIZA, Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left, believes that new elections will be held in Greece soon. He is confident that SYRIZA will oust the current coalition government.

Human rights groups criticise migrant round-ups in Greece

Athens - Human rights groups have slammed Greece's crackdown on illegal migrants, adding their voice to the Greek Communist party and the far-left SYRIZA. Residents of Athens have in turn accused the Greek left of being blind to the reality of mass immigration.

Op-Ed: Greek MPs should vote for an end to parliamentary privileges Special

Athens - Greece has wasted a splendid opportunity to introduce austerity and reforms into the Greek parliament during the six weeks a caretaker government presided without wages. Corrupt politicians feed at the trough of plenty as Greece sinks deeper into debt.

Op-Ed: The Greek voting dilemma

Dictated to by the German press and terrorized by the Greek press, voters in Sunday's Greek elections are presented with a ballot offering a no win situation.

Greek elections: Communists rule out any coalition with SYRIZA

Athens - Election confusion remains high in Greece. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left, SYRIZA, announced he may be willing to form a coalition with KKE, the Communist party. Hours later the KKE renounced such a claim.

Greek elections: Tsipras confident of leftist victory

Athens - Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left, SYRIZA, has said he is confident of a leftist victory in Sunday's elections, and may be willing to form a government with KKE, the Communist party.

Athens: Policing makes its way onto the political agenda

Athens - Greek police made 600 arrests in central Athens last week, amid escalating concerns over rising crime and illegal immigrants. Politicians are trying to outscore each other on the issue of policing crime in the run up to Sunday's elections.

Greek politicians condemn Golden Dawn live TV attack

Athens - Greek politicians of all parties have strongly condemned the attack on live television by far-right Golden Dawn MP on two female politicians. The government said the "attack is an attack against every democratic citizen."

Alexis Tsipras unveils SYRIZA's new programme

Athens - SYRIZA's leader, Alexis Tsipras, unveiled the programme his party intends to implement if it wins office in the June 17 Greek election, announcing the first step would be the cancellation of the bail-out memorandum.
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