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Greece seeks 'happy ending' as creditors mull loan deal

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in remarks published Sunday he hoped key talks with international creditors would yield a "happy ending" in the standoff over the country's crippling debt crisis.

Greek PM to visit Merkel as Spain turns screw on Athens

Berlin - The leaders of debt-wracked Greece and economic powerhouse Germany meet in Berlin Monday after weeks of bad feeling over Athens' debt woes, bitter wartime memories and an offensive hand gesture.

EU offers Greece 2 bn euros in unused development funds

Brussels - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday he was making 2.0 billion euros of unused EU development funds available to Greece as it battles a cash crunch.

Greece pleads for help from sceptical Europe

Brussels - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Germany and France at a summit Thursday to help him tackle a looming cash crunch, despite warnings that Athens must commit to reforms first.

Greece, Ukraine to dominate EU summit

Brussels - Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will plead with European counterparts at a summit in Brussels Thursday to release vital funds to help his debt-laden country stave off a looming cash crunch.

German TV presenter admits faking Varoufakis middle-finger video

Berlin - A German TV presenter admitted to faking a video showing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis giving the middle-finger gesture to Germany, after the politician vehemently contested its authenticity.

Greece hits out at EU opposition to 'humanitarian' law

Atenas - Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households.

Greek PM hastens Russia visit amid cash crunch

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled Tuesday a surprise trip to Russia but also sought talks with European leaders to break a deadlock over reforms that has revived default fears.

German TV says no sign Varoufakis middle-finger video is fake

Berlin - A video showing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis making the middle-finger gesture to Germany does not appear to be fake, a German talk show said Monday after the Greek politician contested its authenticity.

Greek finance minister says some election vows can be put off

Atenas - Greece's combative finance minister has indicated that Athens' new radical left government is prepared to put some of its campaign promises on hold while it seeks to build confidence among its creditors.

EU, Germany raise 'Grexit' alarm over Greece bailout

Brussels - EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned of an alarming lack of progress in talks on Greece's bailout, as Germany raised the spectre of a tumultuous Greek exit from the euro.

Greece to start technical talks with lenders this week

Brussels - Greece agreed to start urgent technical talks on extending its crucial bailout on Wednesday after its eurozone partners accused debt-stricken Athens of wasting time in previous negotiations.

Athens touts 'positive' outcome of EU bailout talks

Atenas - The Greek government said talks Monday with its eurozone partners in Brussels on extending Athens' financial aid had a "positive" outcome and that technical details would be hammered out in two days."The result of the Eurogroup is positive...

Greek neo-Nazi party trial to begin April 20

Atenas - The trial of 72 people linked to Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party and accused of crimes including murder and participation in a criminal organization will begin April 20, a court source said Monday.

Anarchists storm Greek ruling party HQ

Atenas - Anarchists occupied Greece's ruling party headquarters for nine hours on Sunday in support of hunger strikers protesting against conditions in the country's maximum-security jails.

Greece warns of referendum ahead of debt deal meeting

Atenas - Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis upped the stakes sharply ahead of Monday's crucial Eurogroup meeting in Brussels by raising the prospect of Greece holding new elections or even a referendum on any debt deal.

Greek PM urges Varoufakis to 'talk less, do more'

Atenas - Maverick Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis -- who has become a media phenomenon since Greece's radical government came to power -- has reportedly been warned by his own prime minister to talk less and do more.

Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker who punched female MP acquitted

Atenas - A lawmaker from Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn who punched another member of parliament during a televised election debate in 2012 was acquitted by an Athens court on Friday.

Greek PM hits out at ECB over cash squeeze

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accused the European Central Bank of holding "a rope" around the country's neck as Athens scrambled Friday to avert a looming state default.

Greeks bearing grudges rip up Brussels diplomatic rulebook

Atenas - Strapped for cash and under pressure to deliver on reforms, Greece's new radical government has ruffled feathers in Brussels by not respecting the diplomatic niceties of the negotiating table.

Greece may free jailed Golden Dawn leaders

Atenas - Prosecutors said Tuesday that the jailed leader of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party and his deputy may have to be freed after 18 months in custody.

Spanish PM hits back at Greece's Tsipras in austerity row

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday called on his Greek counterpart to get "serious" about his country's debt-wracked economy, after Alexis Tsipras accused eurozone partners of undermining its negotiations with Brussels.

German finance chief softens tone, says Greece 'needs time'

Berlin - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Sunday Greece's new hard-left government needs "a bit of time" but is committed to implementing necessary reforms to resolve its debt crisis.

Germany approves Greek bailout extension despite unease

Berlin - German lawmakers approved a hard-won bailout extension for Greece's new anti-austerity government in a move Berlin's finance chief called "not easy" but necessary, keeping a crucial lifeline open to Athens.

Tensions with Germany over 'greedy' Greece's debt

Atenas - Renewed tensions emerged Thursday between Greece and Germany as attention turned to Athens's huge debt load two days after the stricken eurozone country secured an extension of its bailout.

FTSE 100 sets record on Tuesday but fails to hold it on Wednesday

After approval of economic reform proposals submitted by Greece helped the FTSE 100 reach record-breaking levels yesterday, it has fallen back considerably throughout the course of today, with shares in some major companies dropping by nearly 10 percent.

Tough road for Greece as Merkel hails 'starting point'

Atenas - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble voiced doubts Wednesday on whether indebted Greece can live up to its fiscal promises, underlining the problems facing Athens on both the domestic and EU fronts.

Eurozone backs Greece bailout extension

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers on Tuesday backed new reforms proposed by Greece in exchange for a four-month financial lifeline that will keep the country afloat and in the single currency for the time being.

Greek reforms list received 'on time' in Brussels: Commission

Brussels - The list of Greek reform measures demanded by the country's international creditors in return for extending its bailout programme has arrived "on time," the European Commission said Tuesday.

Greece to present delayed reforms list

Atenas - Greece was to hand in a delayed list of proposed reforms Tuesday morning aimed at winning a four-month extension of its massive bailout -- after missing a deadline set by its international lenders.
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A member of EKAM, the national-level counter-terrorism team of Greece's Hellenic Police force.
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Kythnos in Greece.
Kythnos in Greece.
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Kalamitsi beach in Lefkada, Greece
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Greek graveyard
Leaving the industrial mainland. Not all of mainland Greece is white-wash villas and grand churches!
Leaving the industrial mainland. Not all of mainland Greece is white-wash villas and grand churches!
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A boat on Melissani Lake on Kefalonia island in Greece
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The grand Temple of Aphaia in all it's glory. An iconic symbol of Greece.
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Cystal clear waters Mani coast, Greece
A still from a debate on Iranian television. Amir Tahouri is in the chair; Alexander Baron and Bob A...
A still from a debate on Iranian television. Amir Tahouri is in the chair; Alexander Baron and Bob Ayers give their views on the bailout of the banksters. This was recorded live from 5pm at the Acton, West London studio of IRIB on Good Friday, April 6, 2012 - the first day of the tax year. This photograph is of Bob Ayers.
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This taverna was quiet and peaceful. With rooms upstairs for guests and lunch comprising of a Greek salad with feta cheese and fresh kalamari rings.
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Greek flag
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A Modern Athenian Horizon.
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A street is closed while archeologists dig below the asphalt. There seems to be complete Minoan palace below modern Chania, but to unveil it would destroy the whole city. Thus, one looks at it street by street, makes maps and takes photographs before it's all covered again and returned to traffic.
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Stray dogs in Athens
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Kalamata, Greece
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Chania: Nice example of a typical door as they are found all over Crete and in other Mediterranean countries.
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Greece: General strike
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