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Greek PM says he will revive bid for German WWII reparations

Apr. 17, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Wednesday his government "promptly" will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation. Alexis Tsipras said that now Greece has exited its bailout programs, in which Germany was a key...

Greece looks to repay IMF early as bond yields tumble

Apr. 15, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government on Monday said it is in talks with European bailout lenders to repay its debts to the International Monetary Fund early as market borrowing rates have tumbled to their lowest level since 2005. And Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was determined to spare...

China seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit

Apr. 12, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — China's prime minister promised Friday that his government will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it is flouting European Union competition rules with huge investments on the continent. Opening an annual summit between Eastern and Central...

Cod, shrimp and iPad jokes _ backstage at the Brexit summit

Apr. 10, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Angela Merkel and Theresa May laughed at their matching jackets. European presidents and prime ministers haggled about Britain's future over a cod-and-shrimp dinner. Then after digesting their iced macadamia nut dessert, they decided to extend Brexit until the stroke of midnight on...

Greece's bailout lenders approve big debt relief payout

Apr. 5, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's bailout creditors on Friday backed a payout worth more than $1 billion as part of a debt-relief package that is contingent on the government enacting a series of reforms. Mario Centeno, who heads the grouping of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers, told reporters after a...

Selfie diplomacy: North Macedonia, Greek leaders break ice

Apr. 2, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and North Macedonia broke the ice and engaged in selfie diplomacy Tuesday during the first ever official visit by a Greek leader to the neighboring country following decades of strained relations over a name dispute. North Macedonia Prime...

Romania premier lauds benefits of new gas pipeline

Mar. 29, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister says a number of European countries need to diversify energy sources to lessen dependence on Russian gas. Ahead of a meeting of Balkan leaders, Premier Viorica Dancila said a planned gas pipeline pumping Romanian gas from the Black Sea to Bulgaria, Hungary...

Greek PM: Turkish fighter jets harassed my helicopter

Mar. 25, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Monday that Turkish fighter jets harassed the helicopter he was traveling on during a visit to a remote Greek island to celebrate Greece's independence day. Alexis Tsipras said he was "welcomed" by Turkish fighter jets violating Greek airspace during his...

Greek government safeguards majority with new election rule

Mar. 20, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece have approved a proposal to allow candidates in upcoming European elections to retain their seats in the national parliament — an amendment needed to preserve the government's razor-thin majority. Two independent lawmakers backing left-wing Prime Minister...

Greece backs Bolivian leader's call for Venezuela dialogue

Mar. 15, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday backed calls by Bolivia's left-wing President Evo Morales for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela, in what marks a different approach to that pursued by key European allies. Many European Union countries are among 50...