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Greek Politician Asks Germany for 70 Billion Euros in WWII Reparations

German newspaper Bild published an article titled "This is the Greek woman who asks us 70 billion." The Greek woman is Vicky Voulvoukeli, member of the Independent Greeks party and gave an interview to the German paper talking...

Greek Coalition Talks Collapsed After 'Madhouse' Fighting

ATHENS – In a scenario that shows just how divided Greece is, political leaders who tried to form a coalition government in the wake of the May 6 stalemated elections were at each other’s throats in diatribe so vicious...

Greek President's Office Says Kammenos Lied About Document

ATHENS – The office of Greek President Karolos Papoulias said Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos had given the President a document offering to join a coalition government before talks broke down and was not telling the truth when...

Tsipras Woos Partners But Says No Bailout Deal

ATHENS – Greece’s new power broker, SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras, is trying to form a coalition government in the wake of the country’s fractured election results, but has laid down tough conditions that would require a rejection of...

Samaras Says He Can't Form Coalition, SYRIZA's Turn Is Next

ATHENS – New Democracy head Antonis Samaras, whose party finished first in the May 6 general elections but with less than 19 percent of the vote, said after less than a day of trying that he can’t form a...

Without a Coalition, New Elections Loom in Greece

ATHENS – New Democracy Conservative party leader Antonis Samaras, whose party gained first place in the May 6 elections with only 18.86 percent of the vote – its worst showing ever – has until May 10 to form a...

Greek Election: Political Leaders Spin the Results

ATHENS – Even as the votes were still being counted in the May 6 general elections to replace a temporary, shaky coalition government, and with exit polls showing big gains for groups opposed to the austerity measures demanded by...

Greek Elections Campaign Reaches Home Stretch With Promises Flying

ATHENS – After a three-week campaign that was mostly conducted in closed-doors members-only rallies and away from a public furious over austerity measures, a mix of mainstream traditionalists, anti-capitalists, anti-bailout groups, Nazis, nationalists and even a porno star made...

Editor of Greek Newspaper Arrested

Editor of Greek daily newspaper Friday 13th, Emilios Liatsos, was arrested earlier on Friday after the wife of the leader of the Independent Greeks party, Elena Tzouli, had pressed charges against him and his paper for violating a court’s...

Golden Dawn, Smaller Parties Will Get Campaign Air Time

ATHENS – Greece’s curious campaign laws, which allow the ruling parties to dominate television coverage regardless of newsworthiness, have been amended by the country’s highest court, the Council of State, opening the airwaves to smaller political parties, including the...