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Karolos Papoulias

  • *Samaras announces snap poll for Jan. 25. ATHENS, Dec 29- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced plans for an early general election next month after parliament rejected his candidate for president on Monday, throwing the country's international bailout into doubt. Opinion polls point to a victory by the radical leftist Syriza party, which wants to wipe...

  • ATHENS, Dec 29- Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a final round of voting on Monday, leaving the country facing an early election that could derail the international bailout program it needs to keep paying its bills. Under Greek law, a parliamentary election must now be called, leaving financial markets and Greece's European Union partners...

  • Greece leads selloff in euro zone shares before vote Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 4:08 AM ET

    Such a victory, feared by many investors, would galvanise anti-austerity and Eurosceptic movements across the euro zone periphery, such as Spain's Podemos and Italy's Five-Star Movement. Blue-chip indexes in Greece fell 5.5 percent at 0849 GMT and peers in Italy and Spain shed 1 percent, weighed down by falls in banks, which are heavily exposed to domestic...

  • ATHENS, Dec 29- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces a vote in parliament on Monday that will decide whether the country goes to snap elections that could bring the leftwing Syriza party to power and derail an international bailout. In the most hotly contested vote for president since Greece joined the euro more than a decade ago, the result in the final...

  • FACTBOX-Greece's upcoming presidential vote Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    ATHENS, Dec 9- By bringing forward a parliamentary vote to elect a new head of state, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is betting his political future and that of his weary nation in a gamble to be played out over the next three weeks. The presidential vote will be held in three rounds, on Dec. 17, Dec. 23 and Dec. 29. His candidate is almost certain not to be able to cross...

  • *Athens wants to exit bailout one year ahead of time. ATHENS, Nov 18- Greece is locked in tough negotiations with its foreign lenders, with "nerves stretched" on both sides, the finance minister warned on Tuesday, raising the temperature as Athens tries to exit an unpopular bailout programme. Inspectors from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund...

  • FRANKFURT/ ATHENS, Aug 4- Brussels is considering scrapping the troika that supervises Greek reforms to allow Athens to pursue its own plan to bolster the economy in return for a drip-feed of debt relief, European officials say.

  • Greece: Merkel travels to eurozone fault line Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 1:02 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- German leader Angela Merkel arrived amid draconian security measures and a mass protest in Athens Tuesday for her first visit to Greece since the eurozone crisis began there three years ago.

  • *Merkel in Greece for first time since euro crisis began there. *Visit shows Germany's change of heart on Greek euro exit* Will make clear Athens must push tough measures By Dina Kyriakidou and Noah Barkin.