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Op-Ed: Greek government losing even its symbolic victory

Brussels - Mario Draghim, president of the European Central Bank(ECB), told Greek officials in Brussels that the Greek government must allow technical representatives representing the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF to start work in Athens on Wednesday.

Greek government aims to reform immigration policy

Athens - Greece has long been a destination and transit point for migrants from Senegal to Pakistan because of its long coastline with numerous islands as well as its border with Turkey beckoning migrants from Asia.

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.

Op-Ed: Syriza sellout sends stock markets soaring

Brussels - Even the proposals presented earlier that Germany rejected were a sell out of most of the campaign promises made by Syriza including the demand for writing off some debt and for a new agreement rather than an extension of the existing bailout.

Op-Ed: Syriza talks tough but makes concessions with nothing in return

Athens - Syriza's negotiating tactics so far have achieved them virtually nothing while Germany has kept to its same narrative that the terms of the bailout must be kept and continues to insist on total debt repayment and continued austerity policies.

Op-Ed: European Central Bank puts pressure on Greek government

Athens - As of February 11th, the European Central Bank(ECB) will not accept Greek sovereign debt as collateral for liquidity operations.

Op-Ed: Greece's Syriza government cannot get its act together

Athen - While before the election Syriza had softened some of its more radical leftist rhetoric, some of its recent announcements have sent mixed signals. Twice Syriza changed policies that no doubt irritated Greek's bailout authorities.

Op-Ed: Syriza and the Troika of EU lenders on a collision course

Athens - The new leftist government of Greece, led by Alex Tsipras, demands that part of the Greek debt be written off and austerity policies changed. There is little sign that EU lenders are willing to make significant alterations to the bailout conditions.

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.

Op-Ed: Democracy or austerity? Greece to test the theory of EU finance

Athens - The recent history of Greece’s austerity and the EU’s imposition of crushing conditions may be about to end. The Syriza party was elected on its platform of renegotiating the EU’s terms.

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.

Leftist Syriza party poised for victory in Greek election

Athens - In an attempt to reassure the EU public and officials that a Syriza victory is not a threat to the EU, leader Alex Tsipras, has published opinion pieces in both the FInancial Times and earlier in a German newspaper, Handelsblatt.

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...

Greece cannot rebound without debt cut: Syriza economist

Athens - Struggling Greece will never recover without a generous debt cut, despite what the country's creditors might think, the politician likely to become the next finance minister said Tuesday.

Banks preparing for possible Grexit

Athens - Both banks and brokers are dusting off contingency plans for a possible Greek exit from the eurozone (Grexit). While most think that Greece will remain in the zone, the snap elections to take place January 25 may make such an exit more likely.

Op-Ed: As Syriza approaches power it turns to the right

Athens - In order to gain enough votes to win elections leftist parties often jettison their more radical positions in order to attract voters more to the middle of the political spectrum. This is clearly a strategy that Syriza is pursuing.

Op-Ed: Hard line positions on Greek debt may exacerbate crisis

Athens - Rather than supporting negotiations on the Greek debt crisis, many EU leaders continue to support the austerity programs imposed by lenders even though Greece may very well elect a government on January 25 that will insist on changing terms of the loans.

Syriza, radical leftists who want to end Greek austerity

Athens - The radical leftist party Syriza, tipped to win next month's early election in Greece, is a coalition of leftist groups who oppose austerity and privatisations and want to renegotiate the country's EU-IMF bailout deal.

Greece faces political crisis

Athens - Greece's parliament must elect a new president by December 29th or early elections must be called according to the constitution. The Coalition of the Radical Left or Syriza as it is commonly called may be poised to win those elections

EU elections see gains by both far right and left

Brussels - Across Europe parties who are either sceptical or even hostile to the European Union did remarkably well in the elections.The vote shows that many voters have no confidence in the EU political elite.

Close race in Greek local elections between leftists, government

Athens - A first round of local elections in Greece on Sunday showed no clear victor hours after polls closed, with the anti-austerity leftist Syriza party battling for Athens and the coalition government's candidates holding on outside the capital.

Greece: Golden Dawn still in third place in polls

Athens - In spite of a government clamp down on Greece's far-right party Golden Dawn and legal measures to define the party as a criminal organization, the party is still ranking third in political polls.

New wave of Greek public sector strikes commence

A new wave of strikes hit Greece on Monday as public sector workers began protests against the mobility scheme which threatens jobs. Secondary school teachers commenced a five-day rolling strike, supported by the left-wing opposition SYRIZA.

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: 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.

Greece: Latest polls give clear lead to New Democracy

Athens - The latest political poll issued in January puts New Democracy in the lead, shifting positions with the coalition of the extreme left, SYRIZA, which falls into second place. Golden Dawn remains consistent in third place.

Greek MPs vote for no further investigation into Lagarde List

Athens - Most excellent news for the Greek elite who engaged in a spot of tax evasion, as MPs voted against any further investigation into the by now infamous Lagarde List.

SYRIZA MP claims murderous assault by Golden Dawn members

A member of parliament belonging to the far-left party SYRIZA has accused members of Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) of launching a murderous attack on him Sunday evening outside the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Poll: Support for Golden Dawn surges to 13.5 percent

Support for Greece's traditional political parties is falling while support for the extreme-left and the far-right is rising. The coalition of the radical left, SYRIZA, now tops the polls with ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn polling third.
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