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Greek PM bolsters grip on party in congress vote

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was reconfirmed as leader of his leftist Syriza party on Sunday, boosting his approval rates amongst grassroots members in the process.Tsipras renewed his tenure with 93.

Op-Ed: Push Greece on privatizations, not on pension reform

Athens - The New Year has brought with it the anticipated re-emergence of Greece in the public eye. Since Alexis Tsipras’ re-election last September, few headlines have bothered to cover the fate of the debt-laden country over the past few months.

Greece's Tsipras hints at possible vote deal with socialists

Atenas - Greece's former leader Alexis Tsipras has opened the door to a coalition with rivals on the left should his Syriza party fail to win a majority in elections in two weeks' time.

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.

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.

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.

Greek PM's Syriza party to hold congress in September

Atenas - Greece's hard-left Syriza party, deeply divided over the reforms needed to secure a new international bailout, on Thursday agreed to hold an emergency congress in September as requested by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Greek banks reopen with restrictions as prices soar

Athens - Banks in Greece were open at week's end for the first time in July but at a steep price — limits on cash withdrawals and higher prices on nearly everything people buy.

Greek PM's austerity gamble sows deep divisions in Syriza

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has won a difficult gamble in convincing the Greek parliament to agree to tough reforms demanded by Greece's creditors, but he is paying the price of deep splits within his radical-leftist Syriza party.

Op-Ed: Greece's new proposals erase most previous 'red lines'

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers gather in Brussels this evening to discuss new proposals that Greek officials hope will be sufficient to release the last 7.2 billion euros of the bailout funds remaining in the loan that expires the end of June.

Op-Ed: Syriza divided on accepting creditor demands for Greek debt deal

Athens - While Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insists he wants a deal with Greece's creditors, many in the ruling Syriza party want the government to refuse to accept further demands and instead develop alternative plans in case there is no deal.

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.
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