Greek government plans to replace top judges before election

Europe 05/29/19, 11:22

Greece's left-wing government says it is planning to appoint new top judges before a July 7 general election, a decision that has drawn criticism from opposition conservatives who hold a big lead in opinion polls.Government officials said Wednesday that the government was expected to back the move before the current ...

Greek government sets national election date for July 7

Europe 05/28/19, 12:03

The Greek government has set July 7, a week later than expected, as the date for early parliamentary elections.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the early election after his party's heavy defeat in the weekend's European parliamentary polls.Government spokesman Dimitris Tzannakopoulos said Tuesday the decision was taken to not disrupt school-leavers' ...

Greek prime minister calls for early election after EU loss

Europe 05/26/19, 16:48

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for an early national election following the defeat of his party at the European Parliament elections.Tsipras said from the Syriza party offices that "the result does not rise to our expectations ... I will not ignore it or quit."Tsipras credited his government for pulling ...

Update: Greek government survives confidence vote

Europe 05/10/19, 13:43

The Latest on a government confidence vote in Greece (all times local):9:35 p.m.Greece's left-wing government has survived a confidence vote called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nearly two weeks before the European Parliament elections.  New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, delivers a speech as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, drinks ...

Greece’s Tsipras faces confidence vote after backing ally

Europe 05/10/19, 05:21

Greek lawmakers are holding a vote of confidence in the left-wing government, after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras turned a censure motion against a junior minister into a test of his entire administration.Tsipras is expected to win the ballot late Friday. His Syriza party has 145 seats in the 300-member parliament, ...

Update: Cyprus seeks EU support against Turkey drilling

Europe 05/09/19, 05:35

The Latest on the European Union summit in Romania (all times local):12:30 p.m.Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades is seeking support from other European Union leaders at an informal summit in Romania against Turkey's bid to drill for hydrocarbons in waters where the Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights.A child walks ...

Greek prime minister promises bailout relief before polls

Europe 05/07/19, 12:36

Greece's left-wing prime minister has promised crisis-weary voters a series of tax-relief measures before upcoming elections, after outperforming budget targets set by bailout creditors.Alexis Tsipras said sales-tax reductions for household electricity use and for catering would take effect later this month, while additional relief measures would be introduced at the ...

Leaders of Greece, North Macedonia snap historic selfie

Europe 04/02/19, 04:53

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has arrived in North Macedonia on the first official visit by a Greek leader following decades of strained relations between the two Balkan nations.Outside the country's main government building, Tsipras posed for a selfie with North Macedonia's prime minister, Zoran Zaev.The former Yugoslav republic officially ...

Greek PM: Turkish fighter jets harassed helicopter

Europe 03/25/19, 07:09

Greece's prime minister says Turkish fighter jets harassed the helicopter he was traveling on during a visit to a remote Greek island to celebrate independence day.Alexis Tsipras said he was "welcomed" by Turkish fighter jets violating Greek airspace during his arrival Monday on the small eastern Aegean island of Agathonissi.The ...

Greek government safeguards majority with new election rule

Europe 03/20/19, 12:41

Lawmakers in Greece have approved a proposal to allow candidates in upcoming European elections to retain their seats in the national parliament — an amendment needed to preserve the government's razor-thin majority.Two independent lawmakers backing left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras are expected to run in the May 26 European election ...

Greece backs Bolivian leader’s call for Venezuela dialogue

America 03/15/19, 06:16

Greece's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is backing calls by Bolivia for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela.Many European Union member countries are among 50 nations, including the United States, which are backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido against embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Those ...

On rare European trip, Bolivia’s Morales to visit Greece

America 03/14/19, 09:34

Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales is due to visit Greece on rare trip to Europe, with talks in Athens expected to include the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.Morales is due in Athens later Thursday, traveling from Vienna where he attended a United Nations conference on combatting drug trafficking and abuse globally. ...

Greek bond sale marks milestone in nation’s recovery

Europe 03/05/19, 14:29

Greece successfully launched its first 10-year bond auction since 2010 on Tuesday, as it seeks to gradually regain the confidence of international investors and wean itself off bailout funds.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the issue attracted strong interest from investors, showing that the country has left behind the bitter crisis ...

EU urges Greece to step up reforms to get debt relief

Europe 02/28/19, 12:34

The European Union's top finance official says the Greek government can step up its reforms to qualify for a large debt relief payout in 10 days.Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici visited Athens a day after the European Commission said Greece had fallen behind on at least six major reforms. Eurozone finance ...

Top European Parliament lawmaker slams Greece over Venezuela

Europe 02/07/19, 07:12

A top European Parliament lawmaker has slammed Greece's stance on Venezuela's political crisis, saying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is "blocking initiatives on a European level" that would support those "fighting for a democratic Venezuela."Manfred Weber, who heads the European Parliament's biggest group, said it was "a tragedy to see how ...

Greece calls for reopening of Istanbul’s Orthodox seminary

Europe 02/06/19, 07:44

Greece's prime minister says a potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of an Orthodox seminary on an island off Istanbul would help bring ordinary Greeks and Turks closer.Alexis Tsipras made the comments Wednesday during a visit to the theology school, which trained generations of Orthodox church leaders until ...

Greece to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership this week

Europe 02/05/19, 09:37

Greece is set to ratify Macedonia's accession agreement with NATO this week after the two countries reached a historic agreement to normalize relations.The alliance's 29 members plan Wednesday to sign Macedonia's accession protocol, which must then be ratified by each country individually before taking effect.In Athens, Greek parliamentary Speaker Nikos ...

As Tsipras visits, Turkey sets bounty for officers who fled

Europe 02/05/19, 06:48

A two-day visit by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Turkey got off to a shaky start Tuesday after Turkey put up bounties for the capture of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece following a failed coup in 2016.Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to discuss ...

Cyprus president praises Greek premier for Macedonia deal

Europe 01/30/19, 07:50

Cyprus' president has praised Greece's prime minister for his "daring and determination" in ending what he called a "needless" clash with Macedonia over its name.Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the end of the nearly 30-year dispute bolsters regional peace and security and ...

Update: Greek parliament passes name deal with Macedonia

Europe 01/25/19, 08:33

The Latest on ratification of an agreement to resolve the place name dispute between Greece and Macedonia (all times local):3:30 p.m.Greek lawmakers have ratified an agreement for the country to drop its objections to neighboring Macedonia joining NATO if the small country's name is changed to North Macedonia.The deal faced ...

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