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Greece shakes Europe's political kaleidoscope: expect the unexpected

LONDON - By catapulting to power an improbable alliance of the hard left and nationalist far right, Greece has shaken up Europe's political kaleidoscope and may have signalled the end of an era of centrist consensus.

Greece says Dijsselbloem visit will kick off debt talks

ATHENS - This week's visit to Athens by the head of the euro zone finance ministers' group will mark the start of Greece's negotiations on changing the conditions of its international bailout accord, the finance ministry said in a statement.

29 Jan 2015

France aims to facilitate Greece-euro zone talks: finance minister

PARIS - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Wednesday France wanted to facilitate talks between Greece's new leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the rest of the euro zone, and would meet his Greek counterpart in Paris on Monday.

World, France, Greece 28 Jan 2015

Greek PM Tsipras names anti-austerity cabinet, port sale halted

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans and halted privatization of Greece's biggest port on Tuesday, signaling he aims to stick to election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and financial markets. | Video

World, Greece 27 Jan 2015

Greek PM Tsipras names anti-austerity cabinet, port sale halted

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans and halted privatization of Greece's biggest port on Tuesday, signaling he aims to stick to election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and financial markets. | Video

World, Greece 27 Jan 2015

Schaeuble says Tsipras can find a 'different way' if he wants

BERLIN - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday Greece's leader Alexis Tsipras would have to "find a different way" to solve Greece's problems if he says he does not want money from the euro zone bailout program.

26 Jan 2015

Euro zone ready to work with Syriza, says Greece's problems remain

BRUSSELS - Euro zone finance ministers said they were ready to work with the new anti-bailout government Greek government, but warned the country that its deep economic problems had not changed because of an election, the chairman of the ministers said on Monday.

26 Jan 2015

Irish fin min sees some leeway to ease Greek debt burden

DUBLIN - There is some leeway to make Greece's debt more affordable by finding a new arrangement on the length and interest rates of its loans, Ireland's finance minister said following a meeting of euro zone finance chiefs on Monday.

Ireland, World 26 Jan 2015

EU's Oettinger says Greek debt cut would send wrong signal to other countries

BERLIN - EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Monday that a debt restructuring for Greece would send the wrong message to other countries in the euro zone after Greek anti-bailout party Syriza won the election on Sunday.

26 Jan 2015

Greek anti-austerity party holds lead before Sunday elections

ATHENS - Greece's leftist Syria party held onto its opinion poll lead on Friday as it campaigns to form the first euro zone government committed to scrapping austerity outright after elections this weekend. | Video

World, Greece, Syria, Davos 23 Jan 2015
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Right-wing firebrand shakes up cosy Swiss politics

MAENNEDORF, Switzerland - As a child growing up near the Swiss border with Germany in the early 1940s, Christoph Blocher remembers soldiers camping out in his family's garden, ready to defend the neutral nation against a surprise attack from the Nazis.

France, Morocco resume judicial cooperation after row

PARIS - France and Morocco will resume judicial cooperation, the French justice ministry said, ending a row sparked by a French probe into alleged torture by Moroccan intelligence services.

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Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

ROME - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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