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  • Police fences protect the Greek parliament in central Athens on Nov. 5, 2012, ahead of a 48-hour nationwide general strike. Greece is facing three days of escalating anti-austerity strikes, with state hospital doctors, taxi drivers, transport workers and journalists walking off the job. (Associated Press)

    Greek unions start 3 days of anti-austerity action

    Greece's coalition government faces a crucial test in Parliament as unions on Monday launched three days of escalating strikes against austerity proposals that must win lawmakers' support if the debt-crippled country is to get more aid and stave off bankruptcy.

  • Merkel visit met with protests in Greece

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a hostile reception from many ordinary Greeks on Tuesday, when she flew into Athens on her first visit to the country since its debt crisis erupted three years ago.

  • Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (right) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak before their meeting at the Maximos mansion in Athens on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool)

    Merkel gets hostile reception on Greek visit

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a hostile reception from many ordinary Greeks on Tuesday when she flew into Athens on her first visit to the country since its debt crisis erupted three years ago.

  • **FILE** German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) talks Aug. 24 2012, to Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras during a welcome ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin. (Associated Press/dapd/Maja Hitij)

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Greece next week for the first time since the debt crisis erupted to meet the country's prime minister — who warned Friday that Athens will run out of money at the end of November if it doesn't receive the next part of its bailout loans.

  • Greece faces more anti-austerity strikes, protests

    A fresh wave of anti-austerity strikes hit Greece Wednesday as the leaders of the governing coalition struggled to finalize further spending cuts for the coming two years — without which the country will lose its vital rescue loans.

  • New Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras presents his government's policy platform July 6, 2012, at the parliament in Athens. (Associated Press)

    New Greek prime minister outlines crisis policy

    Greece's new three-party coalition government is ready to carry out long-delayed structural reforms, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Friday, as he acknowledged that the deficit reduction program has gone off target.

  • New Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras waves after being sworn in on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Greece's designated finance minister steps down

    Greece's designated finance minister stepped down Monday after being rushed to the hospital on Friday, the prime minister's office said.

  • Leahy The Courier Mail, Brisbane, Australia

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  • New Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras waves after being sworn in on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Conservative sworn in as Greek prime minister

    Greek conservative party head Antonis Samaras was sworn in as prime minister Wednesday at the helm of a three-party coalition that will uphold the country's international bailout commitments.

  • Antonis Samaras (right) is sworn in as Greece's prime minister during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Wednesday as Greek President Karolos Papoulias (background, center) looks on. Mr. Samaras heads a three-party coalition committed to upholding the country's international bailout commitments. (Associated Press)

    Hard work begins for latest Greek leader

    Greek conservative party head Antonis Samaras was sworn in as prime minister Wednesday at the helm of a three-party coalition that will uphold the country's international bailout commitments.

  • New Democracy conservative party supporters wave a Greek flag as a TV screen shows results at an election kiosk at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, June 17, 2012. The pro-bailout New Democracy party came in first Sunday in Greece's national election, and its leader has proposed forming a pro-euro coalition government.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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  • "This is a historic moment for the Left and the popular movement and a great responsibility for me," says Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Radical Left Coalition party that won 16.8 percent of the vote in Sunday's national election. (Associated Press)

    Anti-bailout leader says austerity pledge a no-go

    Greece's commitment to austerity is no longer valid because voters have rejected those deals, a left-wing party leader declared Tuesday as he tried to form a new coalition government.

  • Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece's Radical Left Coalition party (Syriza), speaks at party headquarters in Athens on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

    Anti-bailout party rejects Greek austerity pledge

    Greece's commitment to austerity is no longer valid because voters have rejected those deals, a left-wing party leader declared Tuesday as he tried to form a new coalition government.

  • Greek President Karolos Papoulias (right) meets with Antonis Samaras, leader of the conservative New Democracy party, in Athens on Monday, May 7, 2012, to formally give Mr. Samaras the mandate to form a coalition government. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, Pool)

    Initial efforts for Greek coalition government fail

    The leader of the Greek conservative party that gained the most votes in parliamentary elections said Monday his efforts to form a coalition government with other parties had failed, raising the possibility of a new election next month.

  • **FILE** Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy (Associated Press)

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    Italian Premier Minister Silvio Berlusconi said for the first time Tuesday that he would resign once parliament approves economic reforms, and Greek politicians said they were close to agreeing on a new government to lead their country through painful cutbacks.

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  • Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced the roughly $2 billion primary surplus — extra money Athens has on the books before paying the annual interest on its debt — in an interview over the weekend.

    Greece seeks debt relief with rare budget surplus, Ambassador Panagopoulos says →

  • Samaras has said that after years of deficits, Greece will post a euro1.5 billion ($ 2 billion) primary surplus in 2013, and in 2014 the country is expected to return to growth after a six-year recession.

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