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  • ATHENS, Greece— The latest on the bailout referendum in Greece:. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned, saying he was told shortly after the Greek referendum result that the other eurozone finance ministers and Greece's other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers' meetings. The president of the eurozone finance ministers' group,...

  • But as celebrations died down early Monday, Greece entered a second week of severe restrictions on financial transactions and faced the prospect of even limited amounts of cash drying out, with no prospect of an immediate infusion. Greece imposed the restrictions to stem a bank run after the vote was called and its bailout program expired.

  • ATHENS, Greece— The latest on the bailout referendum in Greece:. The final results of Greece's bailout referendum are in, with all 19,159 precincts reporting. The president of the eurozone finance ministers' group, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, calls the outcome of Sunday's referendum "very regrettable for the future of Greece."

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse. Ahead of the vote, here are seven short explanations of how Greece got into today's mess:. There is no way around it: Greece engaged in a three-decades-long credit binge starting in the early 1980 s,...

  • 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...

  • Alexis Tsipras told throngs of demonstrators at the main "no" rally in Athens' central Syntagma Square Friday that the referendum is not a choice about whether or not to stay in Europe, but a decision about living "in Europe with dignity." Tsipras said Greece won't abandon Europe "in the hands of those who want to drag her away from her democratic traditions.

  • 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...

  • It has taken just seven months for Greece to go from being an economy on the mend to a country on the brink of disaster. Public finances were also improving and there was even talk that Greece would soon be able to finance itself. Greece was still lumbered with sky-high debts and budget austerity measures.

  • ATHENS, Greece— The latest news on Greece's financial woes as it closes its banks and limits money withdrawals:. Osborne said several thousand Britons who live in Greece but receive British pensions would continue to get their payments. He said British tourists who go to Greece should take more euros than usual.

  • Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 1:21 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. As strict capital controls took root...

  • *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...

  • Greece's parliament has voted in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' motion to hold a referendum on the country's creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans. It has raised the question of whether Greece can remain in Europe's joint currency, the euro. Speaking in parliament, Tsipras said the reforms proposed by Greece's creditor institutions—...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's fraught bailout talks with its creditors took a dramatic turn early Saturday, with the radical left government announcing a referendum in just over a week on the latest proposed deal— and urging voters to reject it. The move radically raises the stakes in Greece's confrontation with its increasingly irate creditors, whom Tsipras...