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Greek Coalition ERT Talks Break Off

A 3 1/2-hour showdown between Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners late on June 19 failed to reach an agreement on the court-ordered reopening of the national broadcaster ERT that the government summarily shut down on...

Last Ditch Talks For Greek Coalition

While still ignoring a court order to restore the signal of the state broadcaster ERT which he summarily switched off on June 11, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will have another round of urgent talks on June 19 with...

Greek Court Leaves ERT, Coalition In Limbo

After Greece's highest court effectively overturned his snap decision to shut down the country's national broadcaster ERT, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces more crisis talks with his coalition partners who said they saw the ruling as a vindication for...

Greek High Court Suspends ERT Closing

Greece's highest court, the Council of State, dealt Prime Minister Antonis Samaras a blow when it ruled late on June 17 to overturn his decision to shut down the national  broadcaster ERT last week. The decision means ERT can resume...

NERIT vs. ERT, Samaras Girds For Battle

While defiant former workers of the now defunct national state TV and radio operation ERT were continuing to broadcast via satellite, the symbol of the New Hellenic Radio Internet and Television (NERIT), the name of the organization which will...

ERT Crisis Could Push Early Elections

Just when it seemed that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had quelled social unrest and said he was putting the country on the road to recover, his snap decision to shut down the national broadcaster ERT without warning has...

Samaras Says ERT Defenders Shamed

Scorned by his coalition partners who rejected his offer to let the national broadcaster ERT – shut down on June 11 – almost immediately return to the air with a skeleton staff until it can be reorganized, Greek Prime...

Tsipras Tells Stournaras: "You're Not a Colonel"

Using fiery rhetoric to draw an analogy to the military rule of the 1967-74 junta, major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras blamed Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras for being behind the decision to shut...

Venizelos, Kouvelis ERT Showdown With Samaras

Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras has set a June 18 meeting with his coalition partners, PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left (DIMAR) head Fotis Kouvelis, who are demanding he withdraw a decree that...

Samaras Rebuffs Partners on ERT

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has defended his decision to shut down the country’s public ERT broadcaster and ignored please from his coalition partners to change his mind, setting up a possible showdown with them unless they back...