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Coalition Hopes Fade, New Elections Seem Likely

ATHENS – With Europe and world markets watching anxiously, Greece’s hopes of forming a coalition government were deadlocked in debate over whether to stick to austerity measures demanded by international lenders in return for two bailouts of $325 billion...

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 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...

Samaras Says: Elect Me or Face Elections Again

ATHENS – Even as support for his front-running party is eroding, New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras said unless Greeks give him an outright win in May 6 elections so that he can control the Parliament, he will not...

Despite New Bailout, Sacrifice, Greece Still on Edge of Default

ATHENS – While many political leaders in Greece expressed satisfaction with a new bailout from international lenders – this one for $170 billion needed to pay debts, workers and pensioners – dissension and doubt remained and the ratings agency...

PASOK Loses Support as Papandreou Clings to Power

ATHENS – As former Prime Minister George Papandreou’s PASOK Socialists have fallen to new lows in surveys that show the party is in danger of being overtaken by the Democratic Left and even the Communists, he said he will...