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Budget passed but troika accord still some way off for Greece

Greece’s coalition completed one of its key tasks for December by obtaining Parliament’s approval for the 2014 budget early on Sunday but was also given an acute reminder of the challenges that still remain as the European Commission confirmed there was no chance of the troika’s Greek program review concluding this month.

Time running out for coalition to find formula on home foreclosures

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras received timely words of encouragement from European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday but his government still finds itself in a tricky position ahead of the troika's return to Athens later this month, when a final decision will have to be taken on home foreclosures.

en_GB Photo by Harry van Versendaal Stournaras in firing line for arguing Greeks can pay more taxes

Tax is one of the most sensitive issues in Greece at the moment as result of four years of repeated hikes so it was no surprise that Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras’s insistence this week that Greeks are not overtaxed caused a political ruction.

Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [www.myrtopapadopoulos.com] After Merkel, Samaras faces immediate challenges on domestic front

After the relative relief provided by his visit to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is back in the thick of things in Greece, where his government has to meet a series of challenges before the beginning of 2014 when the country takes over the European Union’s six-month rotating presidency.

Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [www.myrtopapadopoulos.com] Amid flare-up with PASOK, Tsipras makes plans to govern

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has sparked a new war of words with PASOK after saying that Socialist MPs who quit their party would be welcomed by the leftists but the row has overshadowed his attempt to set out – albeit sketchily – what he might do in his first 100 days as prime minister, should he win the next elections.

Photo by Harry van Versendaal Is Democratic Left set to make a shock return to Greece's coalition?

When Democratic Left quit the coalition government in June, the possibility of the small centre-left party bridging its differences with New Democracy and PASOK seemed impossible. Suddenly, though, some kind of reconciliation does not appear to be out of the question.

Photo by Harry van Versendaal Scars for coalition, questions for SYRIZA after confidence vote

Greece’s two-party coalition survived a no-confidence vote early Monday, leaving opposition party SYRIZA, which submitted the censure motion, looking unprepared and testy. The government, meanwhile, suffered the embarrassment of one of its MPs voting for the motion.

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