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Will New Democracy Become New Greece?

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras hinted to his party faithful at the close of New Democracy’s weekend conference on June 30 that he may be ready to change more than just its identity, but its name, to New Greece. Samaras...

Kill the Messengers: Greece Can't Handle The Truth

It’s a good thing that Costas Vaxevanis, one of a handful of legitimate journalists left in Greece in a country where too many are in the bag to politicians and the rich, wasn’t standing in front of a hole...

Greece Arrests Another Journalist, For Libel

Continuing a crackdown on journalists revealing embarrassing information or questioning its policies, the Greek government arrested a television journalist after midnight on Oct. 31 after he threatened to expose more damaging allegations about the country's economy as Prime Minister...

Karatzaferis Blasts a "Rat," and LAOS Party Deserters

ATHENS – After seeing more of his members fleeing his sinking party, far Right-Wing LAOS leader George Karatzaferis accused one of them of being a “rat” and accused New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras of reneging on a pledge to...

Reactions to Dora Bakoyiannis' Return to New Democracy

ATHENS – The former New Democracy minister, who was kicked out of the party for refusing to support austerity measures and formed her own political group that failed to win seats in the May 6 elections, has returned to...

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...

Venizelos Urges Greeks to Stop the Far Right and Left

ATHENS – Hoping to capture a center ground as many of Greece’s political parties are shifting toward extreme positions in hopes of garnering more popular support for the May 6 general elections, PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos told Greeks...

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...

New Democracy, PASOK Still Sliding, Golden Dawn Rising

ATHENS – With less than a month before an expected election to choose a new leader, support is waning for the two major parties that have taken turns ruling Greece for more than 35 years, the New Democracy Conservatives...

New Democracy, PASOK Duel over Helping Greeks Pay Loans

ATHENS – With international lenders ready to fork over another $172 billion in rescue loans, the pressure is off Greece’s hybrid government for now and the PASOK Socialists and their bitter rival New Democracy Conservatives sharing power for now...