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Vice President Biden Turkey and Greece Trip Highlights

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Vice President Biden’s trip to Turkey and Greece is scheduled for later this week. The White House has announced a tentative schedule of events and topics of discussion: Friday, the Vice President will meet with Turkish leaders in Ankara. -Discussions will focus on continued U.S. support in the fight against PKK terrorism. The discussions will […]

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Biden to Hold First High-Level US Talks with New Greek Government

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will go to Athens next week for the first high-level U.S. visit with the new Greek government. Mr. Biden will meet with Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos next Monday. The White House says the vice president will show U.S. support for Greek efforts to implement the deal […]

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Greece’s Interim Government to Submit Austerity Budget to Parliament

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greece’s interim government is expected to submit its 2012 austerity budget to parliament for approval on Friday. The screening of the new budget is getting underway as auditors from the European Union and International Monetary Fund arrive in Athens for talks on rescuing Greece from possible bankruptcy. New Prime Minister Lucas Papademos will need lawmakers’ […]

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Greece Deploys Thousands of Police for Thursday’s Protest March

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Greece has deployed thousands of police officers to Athens to prevent violence during an annual protest march Thursday. The march to the U.S. embassy is expected to include demonstrators upset over the new interim government’s austerity measures. The demonstrations come a day after the government overwhelmingly won a vote of confidence in a parliamentary vote. […]

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Greek Vote Could Lead to Its Eurozone Departure

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s call for his countrymen to vote on a European debt-relief plan has raised the possibility that Greece could become the first country to abandon Europe’s common euro currency. The language of a referendum question has not yet been set. But Greek and European officials are already saying the vote’s significance […]

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Greek Socialists Suffer Lawmaker’s Defection, Majority Drops to 2

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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A member of Greece’s ruling Socialists has defected from the party following Prime Minister George Papandreou’s decision to hold a referendum on the European debt deal. Milena Apostolaki said Tuesday she would become an independent lawmaker. Her decision reduces the governing Socialists to just a two-seat majority, with 152 members in the 300-seat parliament. The […]

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Greek Workers Strike Against Austerity Measures

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greek unions have started a series of strikes and protests to show their resistance to the new and wide-reaching austerity measures up for a vote in parliament on Thursday. Unions representing job sectors ranging from government workers to sailors and trash collectors took part Monday in strikes and protested at sit-ins at ministry buildings. The […]

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Macedonia’s FM Urges EU to Declare Greece Bankrupt

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Macedonia’s Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski has called on the European Union to declare Greece officially bankrupt as the chaos in the neighboring country caused a border closure. Stavreski told reporters in Skopje Friday that it is obvious that Europe has so far failed to find a good solution for Greece. He suggested it would be […]

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Greek Public Transit Strike Underway Thursday

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greek public transportation workers began another strike in Athens Thursday to protest government austerity measures. Train, buses and trolleys are expected to remain idle in the capital for through Friday. In a separate demonstration, Greek power company workers are occupying a government building to stop bills containing a new property tax from being sent out. […]

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British Study: Suicides, Illnesses Rising in Greece

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A British study says Greece’s economic crisis is taking a huge toll on the country’s health, with an increase in suicides and risky behavior, and a decrease in the number of people seeking medical help. The study in The Lancet medical journal predicts a 52 percent rise in AIDS cases this year because of prostitution […]

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