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  • 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...

  • BERLIN/ ATHENS, March 23- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, pressing for cash to keep his country afloat, began talks with Germany's Angela Merkel on Monday after Berlin ruled out any breakthrough in differences with the euro zone over Athens's international bailout. Tsipras' pledge to submit a full reform package within days to unlock money that Greece...

  • ROME, March 8- Greece could call a referendum or have early elections should its euro zone partners reject its debt and growth plans, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. The new Greek government, led by Alexis Tsipras, won an election in January promising to renegotiate a bailout agreed with the International...

  • Brash new government holds Greeks in thrall Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    *Strong approval rating after leftist government's first week. ATHENS, Feb 3- Barely a week in power, Greece's new leftwing government is winning over an increasingly enthusiastic domestic audience by moving boldly on populist campaign pledges at home even as it strikes a more moderate note abroad. While selling a message of reassurance on a diplomatic charm...

  • *Sale of stake in Greece's biggest utility halted. A swift series of announcements signaled the newly installed government would stand by its anti-austerity pledges, setting it on course for a clash with European partners, led by Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help Greece pay its debts. After announcing a halt to the...

  • *Sale of stake in Greece's biggest utility halted. ATHENS, Jan 28- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised "radical" change on Wednesday as his new government swiftly moved to roll back key parts of Greece's international bailout, prompting a third day of losses on financial markets. Even before the first meeting of the new cabinet, ministers had hit the airwaves to...

  • *Historic victory sets new challenge for Europe. ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday agreed to team up with a right-wing party to form a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. The trouncing of conservative Prime Minister Antonis...

  • *Historic victory sets new challenge for Europe. ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras struck a deal with a right-wing party to form a government to confront international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. There is an agreement in principle, " Panos Kammenos said after talks...

  • ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras will move on Monday to build a stable government that can take on international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. Syriza won 149 seats in the 300- seat parliament in Sunday's election, two short of an absolute majority, but the result...

  • NYMEX-US crude falls to near 6-year low as euro sags Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 7:31 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Jan 26- U.S. crude futures dropped more than $1 on Monday to near the weakest in almost six years as the dollar strengthened after Greece's Syriza party pledged to roll back austerity measures on winning a snap election. *While a final result may not come for hours, Syriza's Alexis Tsipras is on course to become prime minister of the first euro zone...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza appeared on course to trounce the ruling conservatives in Sunday's snap election and could win the absolute majority it wants to fight international creditors' insistence on painful austerity measures. While a final result may not come for hours, 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was set to become prime...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza will easily win Sunday's election but may fall short of an absolute majority in parliament by as little as one seat, the first official projection of the vote showed. "We have a thriller over the outright majority," said Michalis Kariotoglou from Singular Logic. The far-right Golden Dawn party will take...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza stood on the cusp of an outright victory in Sunday's snap election, commanding a 10 point lead over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, an updated exit poll showed. Centrists To Potami and far-right Golden Dawn were tied for third spot with 6 to 7 percent of the vote, according to the exit poll.

  • Euro falls after Greek exit polls show Syriza win Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    WELLINGTON, Jan 26- The euro fell on Monday after exit polls in Greece's general election showed the leftwing Syriza party winning a comfortable victory, raising the risk of a standoff over austerity measures with its European lenders. The single currency fell versus most major currencies in early Australasian trade, losing nearly half a U.S. cent to around...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza looked set for a comfortable victory over the ruling conservatives, an exit poll showed, with a chance of winning a full majority to face down international creditors and roll back years of painful austerity measures. If confirmed, the result would be enough to install 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras as prime...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza is on course to win Sunday's snap election by a large margin over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, a joint exit poll showed. Led by the 40- year-old Alexis Tsipras, Syriza wants to renegotiate a chunk of Greek debt and end austerity measures. Centrists To Potami and far-right Golden Dawn...

  • "In Greece, democracy will return," the party's 40- year-old leader Alexis Tsipras told a throng of cameras as he voted in Athens. "The message is that our common future in Europe is not the future of austerity." A Syriza win would represent another turning point for Europe after last week's announcement by the European Central Bank of a massive injection of cash into...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened and stock markets rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying programme. The stubbornly stagnant euro zone economy and falling consumer prices in the currency bloc prompted the ECB to unveil a 60 billion euro a month...