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Greek president OKs request for early election on July 7

Jun. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is on track for a general election July 7, three months ahead of schedule, after the country's president accepted a request Monday by left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to dissolve parliament in the wake his heavy defeat in European parliamentary elections. During a brief...

Greek prime minister to ask president for early election

Jun. 9, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has a meeting set with Greece's president to ask him to call an early national election by dissolving parliament. Tsipras' office said the prime minister would visit President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday afternoon. After his left-wing party's poor...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...

Greece formally scraps tax base expansion planned for 2020

Jun. 7, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In the last session of parliament ahead of early elections July 7, Greek lawmakers have approved a bill to scrap a legislated expansion of the tax base demanded by bailout creditors. The law revoked Friday would have lowered the income tax-free threshold as of next year, thus...

Greek gov't lawmaker to leave politics over nepotism scandal

Jun. 7, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A prominent lawmaker in Greece's governing Syriza party is withdrawing from politics following a nepotism scandal over the granting of a plum public sector job to her daughter. The revelations concerning Tassia Christodoulopoulou, a former cabinet minister who is a deputy parliament...

Greece: Athens mosque likely to open in September

Jun. 7, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's education and religion minister says the country's long-delayed first state-sponsored mosque is likely to begin operating in September, about three years after its construction was approved by parliament. Kostas Gavroglou spoke Friday during a visit to the nearly complete...

Greek athletes to fly PM class to Minsk after ticket debacle

Jun. 6, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's athletics team for this month's European Games in Belarus will fly there in the prime minister's government jet, after sports officials couldn't find seats on commercial flights for them. The country's track and field federation, Segas, said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...

Greek leader warns of return to 'dark days' of austerity

Jun. 6, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister warned his country's voters on Thursday that the choices they make in next months' early elections will determine whether Greece slips back into "the dark days" of austerity. Alexis Tsipras's left-wing Syriza party suffered a heavy defeat in May's European...

Greece asks Germany for talks on billions in war reparations

Jun. 4, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government says it has asked Germany to enter talks on paying huge reparations Athens claims Greece is owed from World War I and World War II. The Greek Foreign Ministry said Greece's ambassador to Germany submitted a formal request on Tuesday. A parliamentary committee in...

Cyprus, Greece, Armenia pledge closer ties, boost stability

Jun. 4, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Armenia say they have laid the foundations to forge closer ties and help promote stability and prosperity in the region. The three men said in their first three-way talks in the Cypriot capital Tuesday that they're exploring ways to boost...