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Tsipras and Varoufakis: A messy split for Greece's double act

Atenas - Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis shared a vision once, but the double act of the Greek debt drama's most colourful characters now appears well and truly over.

4,300 migrants arrive in Athens as govt holds crisis talks

Atenas - The Greek government was set to hold talks Wednesday on the huge numbers of migrants landing on its shores, as 4,300 more people arrived in Athens overnight, most of them Syrian refugees.

Greeks fight ballot box fatigue with Internet jokes

Atenas - Called to the ballot box for the third time in eight months, some Greeks are responding to election fatigue with a bailout-sized dose of Internet humour.

Tsipras still has the edge in pro-euro Greece, say analysts

Atenas - With just three weeks to go before Greece's snap elections, analysts say charismatic ex-premier Alexis Tsipras remains popular with an electorate determined to stay in the euro -- even if it means more painful austerity.

Tsipras asks Greeks for outright majority in September vote

Atenas - Greece's ex-prime minister Alexis Tsipras called Sunday for voters in upcoming snap elections to give his radical left Syriza party a "strong mandate" to lead the crisis-hit nation.

17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police

Atenas - A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said.

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.

Macedonia allows all 1,500 migrants at border to enter from Greece

Gevgelija - More than 1,500 mostly Syrian refugees, trapped in a no-man's land for three days, entered Macedonia from Greece on Saturday, after police allowed them to pass despite earlier trying to hold back the crowd using stun grenades.

Turkey detains over 400 migrants trying to cross to Greece

Ayvacik - Turkish security forces have detained 435 migrants and Syrian refugees along with three suspected people smugglers, before they embarked on an attempt to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, reports said Saturday.

Refugees break into Macedonia as migrant crisis escalates

Gevgelija - Hundreds of refugees broke through barbed wire fencing bordering Macedonia despite a heavy police presence Saturday in another dramatic chapter of Europe's escalating migrant crisis.

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.

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.

'Migrant cafe' owners in Greece's Kos broken by refugee crisis

Kos - Cafes lining the beach front on Greece's Kos that would usually be packed with holidaymakers have become the unlikely first port of call for thousands of refugees landing in the resort island.

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.

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.

Thousands of Syrians ferried to Greek mainland as islands despair

Atenas - A Greek government-chartered ferry was transporting some 2,600 Syrian refugees to the Greek mainland on Wednesday, as islands struggling with an influx of migrants warned that the crisis is endangering public health.

Merkel averts major revolt as MPs approve Greek bailout

Berlin - The German parliament voted by an overwhelming majority Wednesday to back a massive new bailout for Greece, with Chancellor Angela Merkel spared a major rebellion of deputies opposing the aid.
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