Refugee crisis suddenly Merkel's biggest challenge


BERLIN - Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe's refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015.


Greek leftists say they would apply bailout but fight to ease pain 30 Aug 2015

ATHENS - The leftist Syriza party of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will challenge Greece's creditors on unresolved aspects of the nation's bailout but implement unpopular reforms it has already agreed, it said on Sunday.


Poll lead for Greece's Syriza narrows as Tsipras presses for new mandate 29 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras urged supporters on Saturday to give him a fresh mandate to complete the country's political transformation, as polls showed his leftist Syriza party's lead slipping ahead of elections next month.

Greek opinion polls show Syriza leads but by narrow margin 29 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras's leftwing Syriza party is leading the conservative opposition by a narrow margin ahead of next month's snap election, two surveys showed on Saturday, suggesting momentum may be shifting towards the opposition.


IMF's Lagarde says restructuring should suffice for Greek debt 29 Aug 2015

ZURICH - A form of debt restructuring rather than outright forgiveness should enable Greece to handle its "unviable" debt burden, the head of the International Monetary Fund was quoted as telling a Swiss newspaper.


Greece's Syriza to win election but face setback, polls show 28 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was hoping for, the first opinion polls since he resigned last week showed on Friday. | Video

With election near, Tsipras faces widening rift within Syriza 28 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras has seen off a threat from far-left rebels but his anti-austerity-turned-pro-bailout Syriza party is struggling through a deeply divisive identity crisis weeks before a national election.


Greek judge appointed caretaker PM ahead of elections 27 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Greece's top Supreme Court judge was sworn in as caretaker prime minister on Thursday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned.

Anti-austerity judge Thanou becomes first female Greek PM 27 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Greece has its first female prime minister - if only for just over three weeks.

Greece's Varoufakis says will not take part in 'sad elections' 27 Aug 2015

ATHENS - Yanis Varoufakis will not take part in "sad" elections expected next month in Greece and will instead focus on setting up a new movement to "restore democracy" across Europe, the former Greek finance minister told Reuters on Thursday.