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Cleaning ladies first winners in new anti-austerity Greece

Athens - The reinstatement of the cleaning ladies at Greece's finance ministry was perhaps the most symbolic measure announced by the new anti-austerity government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday.

Greece-EU clash spreads to Russia sanctions

Brussels - Greece has created a new headache for the EU by questioning sanctions against Russia over Ukraine but is unlikely to block them for fear of harming its own debt negotiations, analysts and sources say.

Greece scraps key privatisations, stocks hammered

Athens - Greece's new hard-left government on Wednesday scrapped key privatisation tenders and pressed home its demand for debt relief, causing sharp falls on the Athens stock market as investors fretted over the risk of a default.

Greece wants 'pan-European' deal on growth, new government says

Athens - Greece's new anti-austerity government on Wednesday called for a "pan-European New Deal" for bloc-wide growth and denied seeking a "showdown" with Europe over controversial plans to redraft its multi-billion bailout.

Greece will seek 'fair, mutually beneficial' EU deal: Tsipras

Athens - Greece will seek a "fair, mutually beneficial" deal with its EU creditors on renegotiating its multi-billion bailout and huge debt, newly-elected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday.

Greek cabinet set for first meeting since poll upset

Athens - Greece's new radical left-led government prepared to meet Wednesday for the first time to hammer out a strategy for renegotiating the country's giant bailout, after storming to power on a promise to reject years of harsh austerity policies.

Kammenos: From conservative rebel to Greek PM's unlikely ally

Athens - Panos Kammenos, whose nationalist Independent Greeks party has entered into an unlikely coalition government with the radical left-wing Syriza, once walked the corridors of parliament wearing a T-shirt that read: "Greece is not for sale.

Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister

Athens - Greece named hardline leftwing economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister, handing him the pivotal task of renegotiating the debt-stricken nation's bailout with international creditors after it voted overwhelmingly to reject years of austerity poli...

Probe after 11 die in NATO training jet crash in Spain

Madrid - Investigators were probing Tuesday how a fighter jet crashed during elite NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel and leaving others with serious burns.

'Unnatural' Greek coalition could be short-lived

Athens - An "unnatural" coalition government formed Monday between anti-austerity party Syriza and nationalist Independent Greeks could prove short-lived, analysts said.

Alexis Tsipras, boyish PM out to restore Greek dignity

Athens - Alexis Tsipras is on a mission to restore Greece's dignity after winning Sunday's general election and becoming his country's youngest prime minister in 150 years.

Ten dead, 13 injured in Greek fighter jet crash in Spain

Madrid - A Greek fighter jet crashed Monday on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain housing a NATO training centre for elite pilots, killing at least 10 people and injuring 13, the defence ministry said.

New Greek leader set to unveil anti-austerity government

Athens - Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil his anti-austerity coalition government Tuesday, bringing together his radical left-wing party with the nationalist right, after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe.

Factbox: Possible allies for Greek election victors Syriza

Athens - Greek anti-austerity party Syriza on Sunday won a historic election promising to alter the course of austerity in Europe, but with 80 percent of votes counted it was short of an outright majority.

Syriza supporters hail Greek effect in Europe after historic win

Athens - Supporters of Greek anti-austerity party Syriza wildly cheered Sunday's election victory, confident that the first-ever victory by a leftist party in Greece would help turn back austerity in Europe.

Alexis Tsipras, Greek 'Che Guevara' on the brink of power

Athens - Alexis Tsipras, whose Syriza party won the Greek general election for the first time in its history on Sunday, is set to become the country's first radical left-wing prime minister, and the youngest in over 150 years.

Tsipras sworn in as Greek prime minister

Athens - Alexis Tsipras, the 40-year-old leader of anti-austerity party Syriza, was sworn in on Monday as Greek prime minister, the youngest in 150 years.

Greece 'leaving behind disastrous austerity': Tsipras

Athens - Greece is "leaving behind disastrous austerity" and the so-called troika of creditors "is finished", Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said Sunday after his party won the general election.

Samaras concedes defeat, says Greeks 'have spoken'

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday said the nation "had spoken" in handing victory to the anti-austerity Syriza party, and said he hoped the new government would not endanger the country's EU and euro membership.

Anti-austerity Syriza wins Greek election: Exit polls

Athens - Radical leftwing party Syriza won Greece's general election on Sunday in a victory that could impact the course of austerity in Europe, exit polls showed.Syriza took between 35.5 percent and 39.

Greece's Syriza: what does it want and what is possible?

Athens - The left-wing Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras won Greece's general election on Sunday after campaigning on a pledge to renegotiate the country's international bailout and reverse years of spending cuts and painful economic reforms.

Antonis Samaras: Greek PM is a gambler who lost big before

Athens - Prime minister during one of the toughest periods in modern Greek history, Antonis Samaras' penchant for risky politics could cost him his job in Sunday's election.

How Greece's election works

Athens - Greece's general election on Sunday could bring to power the radical left-wing party Syriza that promises to redraft the country's 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) EU-IMF bailout and erase much of its huge debt.

Greece votes with Europe austerity on the line

Athens - Greece voted Sunday in a crucial general election that could rock Europe by bringing the radical Syriza party to power and spark fears of a possible exit from the euro.

Greece braces for 'turning point' election

Athens - Greece stood Saturday on the brink of a make-or-break general election that could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and set the country on a collision course with its international creditors.

Tsipras promises to restore 'dignity' to Greece

Athens - The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party vowed Friday to restore "dignity" to the hugely-indebted country if they win Sunday's general election as expected.

Favourite for PM says Greece faces 'big clashes' ahead

Athens - The leader of the left-wing anti-austerity Syriza party which is favourite to win Sunday's Greek general election said in a feisty final campaign speech there would be "major clashes" ahead as they sought a reduction in the massive debts saddling the c...

Unbowed by jail, Greek neo-Nazi party vows to hit back at ballot

Patras - Over a year after its leadership was placed in pre-trial detention, facing a barrage of criminal charges including murder, Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is vowing to bounce back in Sunday's general election."The people are with us.

France's far-right hopes radical leftists win in Greece

Athens - The leader of France's far-right National Front (FN) said Tuesday she hopes the radical left-wing Syriza party will win Greece's general election.

Greece 'will extradite jihadist' suspect to Belgium

Athens - Greece will extradite to Belgium an Algerian man with suspected links to a jihadist cell dismantled by Belgian security forces last week, a justice source said Tuesday.
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