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PASOK, New Democracy Rally; Set to Control Parliament Again

ATHENS - For nearly two years, Greeks have rallyed against pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions imposed by the government as a condition of getting bailouts from international lenders, protesting and rioting and striking and vowing to throw...

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...

SYRIZA Leader Alexis Tsipras Files Lawsuit Against German "Bild" For Libel

ATHENS (AFP) --- A Greek leftist party on Thursday said it had sued Germany's Bild newspaper for a million euros ($1.3 million) over "insulting" references made in a recent article on the country's upcoming elections. The Syriza Party said the...

Papandreou Fiddles While PASOK Disintegrates

ATHENS – While former Prime Minister George Papandreou was in Costa Rica addressing the Socialist International conference as its leader, the PASOK party he still heads – if only for a while and under constant pressure to quit –...

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...

Papademos Said to be Greece’s Interim Leader Choice

ATHENS – With the political infighting over, Greece’s interim Prime Minister to head a coalition government to enable the country to keep getting critical international loans seems likely to be former European Central Bank (ECB) Vice-President Lucas Papademos. The...

Venizelos Blasts Strikers, Says Tax Evaders Will Be Named

ATHENS - As growing numbers of public workers join the ranks of strikers protesting pay cuts,  tax hikes, and the layoff of 30,000 workers Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos blistered them for their actions and said the city was under...

Scandalized Proton Bank Gets Nationalized

ATHENS - The National Bank of Greece has moved to take over Proton Bank, a small lender that is under investigation for possible violation of the country's money-laundering laws and embezzlement. NBG said it had it activated a bank...

PASOK Slips, But No Winners Seen

PASOK Slips, But No Winners Seen ATHENS - Eighteen months after imposing pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions on the working populace in an attempt to stave off bankruptcy, the ruling PASOK Socialist party has fallen further behind the...

Greek Student Occupations Keep High Schools Closed

ATHENS – The school year began Sept. 12, but continued sit-ins and occupations by students protesting the failure of the government to provide textbooks and a host of other grievances have shuttered some 580 high schools, idling teachers and...