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PM Samaras: “Early elections result of partisan self-interest”; Parliament dissolves Dec 31/2014

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the President of the Hellenic Republic Tuesday noon time for the necessary arrangements to dissolve the Parliament and proclaim early elections. “The big moment has arrived,” Karolos Papoulias reportedly told Samaras and expressed hope that “all goes well with the country.” The Prime Minister replied …

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SYRIZA: “Snap polls here and now!” Tsipras asks President Papoulias to convey CoPL

Greece’s main opposition party SYRIZA wants elections “here and now!” In a meeting with the President of the Republic, left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras asked Karolos Papoulias to convey the political leaders so that they would agree to dissolve the Parliament and set the date for snap elections. Greek media report …

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SYRIZA Tsipras meets the President, asks early elections

Just hours after the European Parliament elections result, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras asked for early elections. Alexis Tsipras’s statement after meeting with the President: “A new political landscape emerged from the EP elections with new correlation of powers. Coalition government parties ND and PASOk suffered losses of more than 11%. …

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Greek Presidency dismisses claims Papoulias would meet Otto Rehhagel

Sources at the office of Greek President, Karolos Papoulias, dismissed media claims that an appointment with former football coach Otto Rehhagel was due in March. Mega TV reported that the presidency stressed that importance of Greek-German relations but that such meetings rather targeted to create impressions than real positive climate. …

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UPD: PM Samaras’ Letter to EU Leaders Has Been Delivered – Full Text

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras expressed his full commitment to the terms of the bailout programme and asked adjustment in terms of unemployment and recession. In his letter to EU leaders, that was delivered by President Karolos Papoulias at the EU Summit in Brussels, Samaras writes: “As I informed you, …

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Greece’s President Papoulias Flies to Brussels Economy Class…

 The president of debt-laden Greece Karolos Papoulias and the Greek delegation flew to EU Summit in Brussels using economy class on Wednesday afternoon. The 83-year-old president takes the burden of travelling ‘stuck’ in a 3-seat row, in order to set an example of frugality when the majority of the Greeks suffer under …

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Is the Greek Government … Cursed?

The start for Greece’s coalition government that emerged after the June 17 elections could not be worst. Just one day after the new government of Nea Dimocratia, PASOK and Democractic Left was sworn-in, a series of  “unlucky” incidents started to occur:  -PM Antonis Samaras was hospitalized due to retinal detachment. …

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DER SPIEGEL Exposes Schaeuble, Merkel on Euro-Referendum

German government insists to deny that Angela Merkel had suggested a euro-referendum to Greek president Karolos Papoulias on Friday. However, German weekly DER SPIEGEL supports the Greeks. The magazine insists that Merkel did indeed made such a proposal to Papoulias and added that the euro-referendum idea was brought at the table by …

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Merkel’s Referendum Sets Greeks on Fire – Eurogroup Knew About it…

With her ‘alleged’ (?) euro-referendum proposal German Chancellor Angela Merkel achieved the impossible: to unite all Greek Parties against her! The pro-bailout and the contra-bailout parties alike. Despite denials from the German side and confirmations from the Greek side, there is still confusion on Saturday morning as to whether Angela Merkel …

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Merkel Calls Greek President: Get a Functioning Gov’ ASAP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Friday morning. Although the content of their conversation has not been officially revealed, German officials made public the tone of the phone call. “We hope the country will get a functioning government right after the [June] elections,” Merkel told Papoulias according …

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Technocrats’ Government or Fresh Elections? Live Blogging from Athens

Another “historical” day broke up in Greece, another “crucial crossroad”, another “last” attempt to form a government, nine days after the May-6 elections. Karolos Papoulias will meet political leaders at the presidential mansion at 2 pm. During talks on Monday, Papoulias sent Samaras (ND), Venizelos (PASOK) and Kouvelis (Democratic Left) home with …

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Greeks to Get A Technocrats’ Government Or Just Fresh Elections?

The meeting between Antonis Samaras (ND), Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) and Fotis Kouvelis (DEMOCRATIC LEFT) with the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias ended on Monday evening one hour after it started. The three leaders left the Presidential Mansion without any statements and leaving Greeks puzzling. Papoulias had summoned the three leaders …

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Greek Countdown: Government, Elections or Plan C?

Greek countdown towards a government or fresh elections is ticking at a high speed. On Sunday, the president’s meetings with political leaders in an attempt to form a government failed. However, president Karolos Papoulias does not give up. He has refreshed his invitations to leaders of ND, SYRIZA, PASOK and DEMOCRATIC LEFT …

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Greek Caretaker PM Meets President on “Issues that Urgently Need to be Addressed”

Caretaker Prime Minister and ex-banker  Lucas Papademos visited President Karolos Papoulias on Friday afternoon amid signs that the forming of a coalition government after May-6 elections seems difficult if not impossible. “I came to brief you about the developments in the economy and the international markets as well as about economic and foreign …

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