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  • ANALYSIS-Counting the cost for Greece and Europe Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, July 17- When Greek leaders began a shift in policy last year to ease themselves out from under the tutelage of foreign creditors, they hoped it would bring economic as well as political gains. Nine months on, falling output and a slump in asset values have racked up costs to the economy that by one measure stand at over 60 billion euros, or a third of national...

  • ATHENS, July 2- A referendum on bailout terms that has morphed into a plebiscite on Greece's future in Europe has created the first real splits in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' ruling coalition. His party colleague Dimitris Kammenos said Greece's role in Europe was "non-negotiable." And Tsipras and Panos Kammenos- who is also defense minister- made a show of unity...

  • ATHENS, July 2- A referendum on bailout terms that has morphed into a plebiscite on Greece's future in Europe has created the first real splits in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' ruling coalition. His party colleague Dimitris Kammenos said Greece's role in Europe was "non-negotiable". And Tsipras and Panos Kammenos- who is also defence minister- made a show of unity...

  • *Greece misses 1.6 billion euro IMF loan repayment. *Eurogroup head urges Greece to change stance with creditors. *Fitch ratings agency cuts Greece to CC.

  • *EU Commission urges Greece to accept deal. ATHENS, June 30- Greece pleaded for a short-term bailout extension on Tuesday to avert a midnight default as frantic efforts gathered pace to salvage a deal that could keep Athens in the euro, with Germany warning that time had run out to extend vital credit lines. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...

  • *Greece forced to move after ECB freezes funding lifeline. ATHENS, June 28- Greece moved to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system on Sunday, closing its banks and imposing capital controls that brought the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight. After bailout talks between the leftwing government and foreign lenders broke...

  • ATHENS, June 28- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has easily clinched parliamentary approval of his desired July 5 referendum on Greece's creditors' latest bailout terms. Even if the offer remains valid, many in Greece say the question that the left-wing Tsipras is posing is not actually about the bailout terms- rather the more fateful issue of Greece's euro...

  • With Greece facing a chaotic period from Monday, when capital controls may be placed over its banking system, the leftist government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has come under heavy pressure. On Sunday, Pavlopoulos met former conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, warning that it was vital for Greece to remain in the euro. However with Greece set to...

  • ATHENS, June 28- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has easily clinched parliamentary approval of his desired July 5 referendum on Greece's creditors' latest bailout terms. Even if the offer remains valid, many in Greece say the question that the left-wing Tsipras is posing is not actually about the bailout terms- rather the more fateful issue of Greece's euro...

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, June 27- Germany all but buried negotiations to keep Greece from default on Saturday, saying a surprise decision by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to call a referendum had left nothing to discuss but how to cope with failure. Worried the country could default and even leave the euro zone, some Greeks queued up at cash machines to withdraw...

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, June 27- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to a popular vote. The surprise call marked the most dramatic twist yet in five-month negotiations between Greece and...

  • In Greece, talk of dark agenda behind debt deadlock Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    *Speculation of conspiracy against Greece moves into mainstream. ATHENS, June 25- Warnings of dark forces bent on pushing Greece out of the euro and its leftist government out of power have increasingly moved from the fringes towards the mainstream, as talks in Brussels to secure vital bailout funds enter their final phase. "It is now clear that a strong European...

  • ATHENS, June 10- When construction of four 6.5 billion euro toll roads across Greece resumed last year, Greek and foreign businesses rejoiced. The motorways, largely funded by the European Union and built by companies including Germany's Hochtief, France's Vinci and Greek firms Ellaktor and GEK Terna, had been halted in 2010. Last year, work resumed after the...

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, June 4- Greece delayed a key debt payment to the International Monetary Fund due on Friday as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, facing fury among his leftist supporters, demanded changes to tough terms from international creditors for aid to stave off bankruptcy. The IMF said Athens had informed the global lender that it plans to bundle four...

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, June 4- Leftists in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' party vented fury on Thursday at terms proposed by Greece's creditors for a last-ditch deal to stave off bankruptcy and European officials acknowledged that large gaps remain to be bridged. Tsipras emerged from late-night talks with senior EU officials in Brussels saying a deal with...

  • ATHENS, June 4- Lawmakers from Greece's ruling Syriza party reacted with dismay and fury on Thursday to a package of reforms creditors offered Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in return for cash, with one senior party official calling it a "murderous" proposal. Opposition to the plan was voiced by lawmakers on both the hardline left as well as more moderate voices in...

  • *Greece has to repay $300 million loan to IMF Friday. ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, June 4- Leftists in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' party vented fury on Thursday at terms proposed by Greece's creditors for a last-ditch deal to stave off bankruptcy, but European officials voiced confidence that an agreement was near. Tsipras emerged from late-night talks with senior EU...

  • BRUSSELS, April 12- Even if it survives the next three months teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Greece may have blown its best chance of a long-term debt deal by alienating its euro zone partners when it most needed their support. "This step would save Greece's budget billions of euros, while reforming the Troika arrangement, eliminating the IMF's and the ECB's...

  • *Greece lowers target for asset sales, proposes bad bank. ATHENS March 30- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday appealed for an "honest compromise" with lenders but warned Greece would not agree to an "unconditional" one, after its biggest creditor demanded it do more to show commitment to reform. Athens could run out of cash by April 20, a source has previously said.

  • *Greek PM sees new start to tense relations with Germany. Yet despite warm words on the new leftist premier's first official visit to Berlin, it was unclear if they had narrowed differences on economic reforms Greece must implement to win urgently needed fresh cash from its creditors. Tsipras insisted he was not in Germany to solve Greece's pressing liquidity...