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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 minister's offices damaged in attack

A group of arsonists attacked the offices of a Greek government minister in Athens on Wednesday causing damages to the building but no casualties, a police source said. Around 7pm (1600 GMT) an unknown number of hooded men set fire to the ground floor offices of merchant marine minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, located in the centre of Athens, the source said. Varvitsiotis is an elected deputy of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party and was appointed as a minister after a government reshuffle in June.

Greek PM calls for unity after reshuffle

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called for unity on Sunday, six days after he was forced to carry out a cabinet reshuffle following the disputed closure of public broadcaster ERT. "All together, we can build a new Greece that will make us proud," the premier said in a speech that closed a three-day conference of his conservative New Democracy party. "We are united by our love for this country," he said, adding that the creation of a "new country" was a "national duty."

Greek coalition in disarray as small party meets over threat to quit

By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - The Democratic Left party may pull out of Greece's ruling coalition on Friday after talks to resume state television broadcasts collapsed, plunging the nation into fresh turmoil. Lawmakers from the small leftist party, angered by the abrupt shutdown of broadcaster ERT last week, will meet at 0730 GMT to decide whether to continue backing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who warned he was ready to press ahead without them.

Greek coalition signals state TV deal near, to meet again

By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's ruling party leaders have signaled they are moving towards a compromise on the restart of state TV broadcasts and pledged to resolve a political standoff by Thursday. A court ruling on Monday ordered the public broadcaster ERT back on air, but its screens were still black or showing color bars after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's surprise decision a week ago to pull the plug at a few hours' notice to save money.

Battles ahead for Greek PM weakened by state TV crisis

By Renee Maltezou and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece has avoided the uncertainty of an early election but the standoff over the state broadcaster's closure has weakened the prime minister and deepened mistrust in his fractious coalition. A court ordered the ERT broadcaster back on air late on Monday as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his partners moved towards a compromise, ending a six-day impasse and easing fears of snap polls that would have plunged Greece into a new crisis.

Greek government on ropes over ERT crisis

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras held an emergency meeting with his coalition allies on Monday as a furore over the shock shutdown of state broadcaster ERT threatened to bring down the government. The leaders of the smaller socialist and moderate leftist parties in his coalition have demanded the immediate and full restoration of ERT, with opinion polls showing that some two-thirds of Greeks also oppose the closure. Also Monday, the main opposition party Syriza kicked off a rally on central Syntagma Square to demand early elections.

Greek government on the ropes over ERT crisis

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday summoned an emergency meeting with his coalition allies as a furore over the shock shutdown of state broadcaster ERT threatened to bring down the government. Samaras will meet at 1630 GMT with the leaders of the smaller socialist and moderate leftist parties in his coalition, which strongly oppose ERT's closure and have demanded its immediate and full restoration. At around the same time, main opposition party Syriza will hold a rally on central Syntagma Square to demand early elections.

Greece holds crucial government talks over ERT crisis

A looming political crisis in Greece over the shock shutdown of state broadcaster ERT comes to a head on Monday, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras summoning his coalition allies to an emergency meeting that will determine the government's survival. Samaras has called a meeting for 1630 GMT with the leaders of the smaller socialist and moderate leftist parties in his coalition, which strongly oppose ERT's closure and have demanded its immediate and full restoration.

Crucial talks in Greece over government's future amid ERT crisis

A looming political crisis in Greece over the shock shutdown of state broadcaster ERT comes to a head on Monday, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meeting his coalition allies to see if the government can survive. Samaras, a conservative, has called a meeting for 1630 GMT with the leaders of the smaller socialist and moderate leftist parties in his coalition, who strongly oppose ERT's closure and have demanded its immediate restoration.
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