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Greek TV journalist makes waves with new political party

A new Greek political party, formed by one of the country's leading investigative journalists, has made a surprisingly strong start two months ahead of European parliament elections. To Potami, or River in Greek, has an approval rating of between five and seven percent barely a month into its launch, according to voter surveys. Its founder, 41-year-old journalist Stavros Theodorakis, until recently headed an investigative news programme on prominent private channel Mega.

Greek journalist-turned-politician rides anti-establishment wave

By Deepa Babington and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - A television journalist-turned-political crusader promising to shake up Greek politics is winning unexpectedly strong support from voters in the run-up to European elections in May. Tapping into the disgust felt by many Greeks against established politicians with a call for a grassroots, youth-led movement to solve Greek problems, Stavros Theodorakis has quickly snapped up followers from both the left and the right.

Greece: Battered Greek Socialist party head to polls under new name

ATHENS, Greece - Greece's once-dominant Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement, or Pasok, will participate in May's European Parliament elections as part of a new centre-left alliance and not independently, after popular support for the party collapsed during the country's painful economic bailout. Pasok officials said Monday that its candidates would seek election in the May 22-25 polls under a newly formed Progressive Democrats' Party, created by centre-left politicians and academics.

Greek police investigate arson attack at former PM's seaside house

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police were investigating an arson attack on former Prime Minister Costas Simitis's holiday house outside the capital Athens on Friday that caused damage but hurt no one. An incendiary device started a fire in the living room and kitchen at the house in Agioi Theodoroi, which was empty when the attack took place, police said. Simitis lives in Athens.

Greek court finds socialist ex-minister guilty of money laundering

A Greek court on Monday found a socialist ex-minister guilty of money laundering in a case that has become emblematic of political corruption in the debt-wracked country. Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a founding member of the socialist Pasok party and a leading figure on the Greek political stage for the past 30 years, served as defence minister from 1996 to 2001. str-smk/yad/jz

Analysis : Bruised Greek government to limp along, toughen stance with lenders

By Harry Papachristou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's weakened coalition government is expected to survive the departure of a junior partner for now but will be forced to resist any fresh demands from its foreign lenders to prevent its tiny parliamentary majority from crumbling. A year after coming to power, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras suffered a heavy blow when his smallest coalition partner, the Democratic Left, quit the government last week to protest the abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT.

Greek reshuffle sees Venizelos named foreign minister

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reshuffled his government on Monday, naming Evangelos Venizelos, who brokered the country's debt cutback last year, as foreign minister and deputy prime minister. Venizelos, who after negotiating the debt writeoff as finance minister in the previous government, has led the socialist Pasok party but not held a government office since elections last year.

Greek reshuffle sees Venizelos named foreign minister

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reshuffled his government Monday, naming Evangelos Venizelos, who brokered the country's debt cutback last year, as foreign minister and deputy prime minister. The appointment marks the return to the government for Venizelos, who after brokering the debt writeoff as finance minister in the previous government, has led the socialist Pasok party but not held a government office since elections last year.

Greek party leader calls on junior partner to stay in coalition

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Socialist chief Evangelos Venizelos on Thursday warned the country's ruling coalition was in trouble after failing to find agreement on the shutdown of the state broadcaster and called on the other junior partner to stay in the government. "The situation for the country, the economy and its citizens is especially grave," said Venizelos, head of the PASOK, the second-biggest party in the government.

Greek coalition talks drag on to end TV crisis; state broadcaster remains off air

ATHENS, Greece - Greece's governing coalition failed to end a political crisis triggered by the closure of state broadcaster ERT, but said talks would continue Thursday to try to avoid a snap election that could delay vital economic reforms and disrupt the country's bailout program. Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras held his second meeting in three days Wednesday with his coalition partners — the Socialist Pasok and Democratic Left parties — who oppose his decision to switch off ERT's signal and fire its 2,700 employees.
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