Greek government refuses to cooperate with 'troika,' seek aid extension

Jan 31, 2015

Greek government refuses to cooperate with 'troika,' seek aid extension

Greece’s new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government also sacked the heads of the state privatization agency ...

Tsipras halts privatization, throwing down gauntlet to Greece's creditors

Jan 29, 2015

Tsipras halts privatization, throwing down gauntlet to Greece's creditors

Left-wing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatization plans agreed under the country’s bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets. A swift series of announcements signaled the newly installed ...

Syriza win forces Europe's center-left to reconsider austerity

Jan 28, 2015

Syriza win forces Europe's center-left to reconsider austerity

European politicians at opposite ends of the spectrum celebrated the election victory of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party on Monday, but Alexis Tsipras’ post-communist triumph is forcing mainstream leftists to reconsider their position. Tsipras has promised to reverse five years of “humiliation and suffering” caused ...

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

| Jan 24, 2015

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

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 ...

Sixth person charged in foiled Belgium terror plot

Jan 22, 2015

Sixth person charged in foiled Belgium terror plot

Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday they have brought terrorism charges against a sixth person following a series of raids in Belgium last week that foiled a plot to kill police. The man, identified as Abdelmoumaim H. and who is in his 20s, was arrested Tuesday ...

Jan 21, 2015

Greek neo-Nazi party vows comeback in elections

The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is vowing to bounce back in Sunday’s elections, a year after its leadership was placed in pre-trial detention over a barrage of criminal charges, including murder. “The people are with us. We will increase our strength,” promised the ...

Jan 21, 2015

Small Greek parties will be key in election

The anti-austerity leftist party Syriza is the clear front-runners in Sunday’s Greek elections, which will determine the future of economic reforms and possibly the nation’s future in the eurozone, but a handful of smaller parties are likely to play a key role in the ...