Latest Alexis Tsipras News

Greece's central banker protests, says minister is meddling

Feb. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's central bank chief asked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to intervene on Tuesday after a cabinet minister phoned him to tell him how to do his job and then allegedly leaked the conversation to the press. In a statement, bank chief Yiannis Stournaras deplored the deputy...

Road signs replaced to reflect North Macedonia name change

Feb. 13, 2019 7:56 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — It's official: The Republic of North Macedonia has replaced Republic of Macedonia as part of a historic deal with Greece. The government gazette formally published the name deal Wednesday, opening the way for the renamed country's accession to NATO and eventually the European...

Call me by my new name: Balkan nation is North Macedonia now

Feb. 12, 2019 4:43 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Enter North Macedonia. The small Balkan country of Macedonia officially changed its name Tuesday by adding a geographic designation that ends a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece and secures its entry into NATO. A government press release said the young country now...

Greece backs Macedonia's NATO accession, settles dispute

Feb. 8, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament on Friday approved a measure for Macedonia to join NATO, ending a decades-old dispute watched closely by Western allies wary of Russian influence in the region. Lawmakers voted 153-140 to back the NATO protocol that must now also be approved by all other alliance...

Candidate for EU's top job slams Greece over Venezuela

Feb. 7, 2019 1:20 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The conservative candidate for the European Union's top job has sharply criticized Greece's stance on Venezuela's political crisis, saying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is "blocking initiatives on a European level" that would support those "fighting for a democratic Venezuela."...

Greece calls for reopening of Istanbul's Orthodox seminary

Feb. 6, 2019 9:45 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of a Greek Orthodox theology school on the island of Halki, off Istanbul, would help bring the two countries closer together, Greece's prime minister said Wednesday. During a visit to the site, Alexis Tsipras voiced hope that the seminary at...

Turkey, Greece stress need for dialogue

Feb. 5, 2019 3:49 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Turkey and the prime minister of Greece agreed Tuesday on the need to keep "channels of dialogue" open between their countries, which have come to the brink of war three times since the early 1970s and remain divided over an array of issues. Greek Prime Minister...

Greece to ratify Macedonia's NATO membership this week

Feb. 5, 2019 9:37 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is set to ratify Macedonia's accession agreement with NATO this week after the two countries reached a historic agreement to normalize relations. The alliance's 29 members plan Wednesday to sign Macedonia's accession protocol, which must then be ratified by each country...

Cyprus president praises Greek premier for Macedonia deal

Jan. 30, 2019 7:50 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president has praised Greece's prime minister for his "daring and determination" in ending what he called a "needless" clash with Macedonia over its name. Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the end of the nearly 30-year...

Greece: strong interest in first bond sale since bailout end

Jan. 29, 2019 11:57 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has raised money on international bond markets for the first time since emerging from its bailout programs last summer, getting 2.5 billion euros ($2.87 billion) Tuesday in a five-year bond auction. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos announced the results of the auction in...