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  • ATHENS, Greece— The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday's closely-watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece's international bailout, is poised to defeat Prime...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 23- Greece will likely have to ask for a fresh extension to its bailout programme because it expires on Feb. 28, a senior euro zone official said on Friday, stressing that a new government must first be in place to do so. "I could construct some constellations where it would be possible to finalise the fifth review in February... but I would consider this on...

  • Tsipras is Greece's unlikely man of the moment. His radical left Syriza party is poised to win Greece's general election on Sunday— riding a wave of anger over austerity measures imposed as a condition for an international bailout. The prospect of victory for the traditionally far-left party that vows to challenge Greece's rescue package rattled...

  • Greek bailout in crosshairs  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:03 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the latest details on the Greek elections, as leftist candidate Alexis Tsipras leads the polls.

  • ATHENS, Jan 21- Greece's Socialist PASOK party could support a government led by the radical leftist Syriza party as part of a wider pro-euro alliance to steer the country out of its bailout programme, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos told Reuters. PASOK once dominated Greek politics and won power outright in 2009, just before the country sank into a debt...

  • ATHENS, Jan 21- After four years of economic sacrifices, Greece bet it could agree an early end to its international bailout. Greece triggered the regional financial crisis in 2009 when a far higher budget deficit than previously calculated emerged. The collapse of talks in Paris on Nov. 26 set off a month-long sequence of events leading to elections next week and...

  • Fitch: Greek bank strain 'manageable' despite vote Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:53 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— The ratings agency Fitch says political uncertainty ahead of Sunday's national election in Greece could further test the country's banks but described the strain as "manageable." Weekend opinion polls showed conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party trailing the anti-bailout Syriza party in voter support and that a...

  • With elections just six days away, leftist Syriza leads the opinion polls and is intent on cancelling the austerity terms of a bailout from Europe and the International Monetary Fund and also wants a big debt write off. That has prompted a succession of German politicians and economists to proclaim that Greece risks being cut loose from the euro, although...

  • Expectations are high that the European Central Bank will unveil a bond-buying stimulus package at a crunch policy meeting on Thursday, while the anti-bailout party Syriza maintains a lead in the polls going into Greece's general election on Sunday. A U.S. holiday also made for relatively thin conditions at the start of a week in which investors continue to...

  • BERLIN— Germany's finance minister is cautioning Greek politicians against promising things they can't deliver in upcoming elections and making clear that he opposes a new debt writedown for Athens. Greece will hold elections Jan. 25, with polls pointing to a first-place finish for the anti-bailout Syriza party. Asked about that demand, German Finance...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 16- Euro zone officials discussed on Thursday extending Greece's bailout program by up to six months more to allow time for talks with any new government in Athens on closing the current bailout and on what should replace it. Athens had hoped to replace it with an Enhanced Conditions Credit Line from the euro zone bailout fund that it would never...

  • ATHENS, Jan 14- Greece remains relatively unlikely to leave the euro zone, ratings agency Moody's said on Wednesday, despite the prospect of an anti-bailout leftist party winning a snap election on Jan. 25. It says it wants Greece to stay in the euro zone but also wants to scrap austerity measures that underpin its bailout program and to ask Europe to write off a big...

  • Greek PM Samaras vows tax cuts as leftists hold poll lead Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    At the helm of a coalition government since 2012, Samaras has pursued unpopular reforms as part of a 240 billion euro EU/IMF bailout to pull Greece back from almost crashing out of Europe at the height of the euro zone crisis. Opinion polls show radical leftist Syriza, which opposes Greece's international bailout programme, ahead of Samaras' centre-right New...

  • *To Potami battling for third place in Jan 25 vote. ATHENS, Jan 9- Journalist-turned-politician Stavros Theodorakis is shaping up as a possible kingmaker after Greece's general election. A fortnight before the Jan. 25 vote, To Potami lies third in most opinion polls, behind the anti-bailout Syriza and the ruling conservative New Democracy party, which has...

  • *Berlin believes Greek exit would set dangerous precedent. BERLIN/ LONDON, Jan 7- Germany's Angela Merkel played down the chances of a Greek exit from the euro zone on Wednesday, but made clear she expected Athens to stick to the terms of its international bailouts after this month's election. The chancellor addressed the issue for the first time since a German...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- Shares edged higher in major markets and Greek debt yields rallied on Monday after the parliament in Athens rejected the government's presidential candidate, while crude prices tumbled after a short-lived bounce. Greece's Syriza party wants to wipe out a big part of the country's debt and cancel the terms of a bailout from the European Union...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- Shares fell in Europe and Greek debt yields rose on Monday after the parliament in Athens rejected the government's presidential candidate, setting the stage for an election that anti-bailout party Syriza could win. Greece's Syriza party wants to wipe out a big part of the country's debt and cancel the terms of a bailout from the European Union...

  • LONDON, Dec 29- The euro held its ground on Monday in the face of renewed nerves over Greece prompted by a failed attempt to elect a new president, leaving the country facing an early national election which could derail its bailout programme. The national election could result in a government led by the leftist Syriza party, which wants to wipe out a big part of...

  • *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...