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Another MP Leaves Independent Greeks Party

The woes of Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos, whose party floundered in the European Parliament elections, continued on June 3 when he lost another lawmaker, the second in six days to quit. Mika Iatridi said she was leaving the party because...

Samaras Wants VAT Cut, Solidarity Tax End

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, still feeling the effect of his New Democracy Conservatives second-place finish in the European Parliament elections, is reportedly planning to scrap a dreaded "solidarity" tax and reduce the Value Added Tax (TAX) as part...

DIMAR Rejects Kouvelis Resignation, SYRIZA Eyes Unity

Greece 's Democratic Left (DIMAR) lawmakers said they won't accept the resignation of party leader Fotis Kouvelis, even though it finished with a disastrous 1.2 percent and dead last among major Greek parties in the May 25 European Parliament...

DIMAR's Kouvelis Quits; Independent Greeks See Changes

After his party's abysmal showing in European Parliament elections - finishing last among major parties with 1.2 percent of the vote - Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis has resigned under pressure from unhappy lawmakers. DIMAR failed to elect a...

After EU Loss, Samaras Plans Shakeup

Following his coalition's defeat in European Parliament elections to the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is mulling yet another rejiggering of his Cabinet and reportedly is even considering whether to ask other...

Samaras, Venizelos Repeat: No Snap Polls

The long and rancorous campaign for Greek municipalities and the European Parliament, which saw the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) come in first, won't bring national elections, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said. The 3.8 percent win by...

Independent Greeks and DIMAR Seek Electoral Defeat Clues

Greece's opposition parties Independent Greeks and DIMAR are trying to determine the causes of their diminished electoral appeal, in the aftermath of Sunday's European Parliament elections. Independent Greeks look for answers The opposition Independent Greeks party parliamentary group is to convene on...

Samaras Says Election Loss Changes Nothing

Despite a loss of some 3.8 percent to the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in European Parliament elections, Greece's Prime Minister and New Democracy conservative leader Antonis Samaras said his coalition with the PASOK socialists has...

Samaras Fears New Democracy Loss By "Accident"

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said the May 25 elections for the European Parliament are not a referendum on his government but said he fears his New Democracy Conservatives could still lose accidentally. The elections coincide with the second round...

Variations on a SYRIZA theme in Greece's Euro polls

Three polls on Friday May 23, ahead of Greece's Sunday European Parliament election vote, offer but variations on a theme: a SYRIZA lead. An ongoing GPO poll for the Greek website Newsit gives SYRIZA a 1% lead over New Democracy, with definitive results to be published...