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Scary Prediction That Greek Unemployment Could Hit 30%

ATHENS – Greece’s jobless lines, now with more than 1.1 million people in them as unemployment has hit 22.5 percent, could be a lot longer by the end of the year and be the world’s highest, one of the...

Greece's "Game of Thrones": Venizelos Squeezes Out Stournaras

ATHENS – Absent from the list of the 105 athletes that Greece will be sending to the London Olympics this month – excluding the 12 players from the national basketball team who somehow lost a qualifier to Nigeria –...

Samaras Tries to Keep His Coalition from Cracking

ATHENS – Trying to keep a rift in his uneasy alliance with his coalition partners from widening, new Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with them and agreed to reverse himself yet again and try to press international lenders...

Greek Government Discredits Minister Who Quit

ATHENS – Moving swiftly to distance itself from one of its appointees who resigned, the Administration of Greece’s new Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said that former Deputy Labor Minister Nikos Nikolopoulos, who quit because he said the government had...

Samaras Writes EU for Help as IMF Prepares Visit

ATHENS – Unable to attend a critical meeting of European Union leaders because he is still recovering from eye surgery for a detached retina, new Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has written the EU a letter asking them not...

Coalition Government Under Question

The first fact that seems to have perturbed observers in Greece is how the new government is comprised only by MPs of New Democracy, including non-political entities and six technocrats, with no participation by either PASOK or Democratic Left. Observers...

Coalition Promises Meritocracy, Transparency, Austerity Relief

ATHENS -Flush with the flow of victory, Greece's new Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party and its two partners in a coalition government, the PASOK Socialists and tiny Democratic Left party, have vowed to change the culture of...

Antonis Samaras Sworn In As Prime Minister

ATHENS – New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, whose party finished first in the critical June 17 elections but with less than 30 percent of the vote, was sworn in as Prime Minister on June 20 after convincing his rivals,...

A New Troika: Samaras – Venizelos – Kouvelis Talking ….

ATHENS – Negotiations to form a coalition government took a detour on June 18th after PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos told his New Democracy counterpart Antonis Samaras, whose party won the elections the day before, that he wanted voices...

Samaras Gets Mandate to Form a Coalition

ATHENS – New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras, who squeaked out a narrow win over the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) of anti-austerity champion Alexis Tsipras in the critical June 17 elections, met with Greek President Karolos Papoulias...