Greece

SYRIZA's Dourou takes Attica as New Democracy dominates other regions

SYRIZA took control of Greece’s largest region, Attica, on Sunday but candidates backed by New Democracy were victorious in the majority of the 13 districts.

Leftist candidate Rena Dourou edged out Attica Governor Yiannis Sgouros by winning 50.83 percent in the closest result of the night. It is the first time that a left wing party has taken control of Attica.

SYRIZA scores first election win but coalition stands firm after EU vote

SYRIZA gained the first electoral victory in its history on Sunday as it came first in the European Parliament vote but failed to establish a big enough gap over the coalition, for which PASOK performed better than expected, to suggest that the government’s stability is in question.

Piraeus may shift strategy over Geniki

By Yiannis Papadoyiannis

The Piraeus Group is contemplating the idea of Geniki Bank’s full absorption, which would mean abandoning the plan for its subsidiary to take an autonomous course.

Sources have told Kathimerini that Piraeus officials have reviewed the group’s strategy regarding Geniki’s future and that its absorption is currently the likeliest scenario.

Kaminis, Boutaris keep mayoral seats

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis appeared to have held on to his seat in local authority elections after his leftist challenger conceded defeat, although the race for Attica governor remained too close to call late on Sunday night while a number of independents beat government-backed candidates in other key seats.

Greek police investigate signs of gun attack on co-ruling party HQ

Greece’s anti-terrorism squad was investigating on Sunday an apparent attack at the headquarters of the co-ruling Socialist PASOK party after two bullets pierced its windows, police said.

Greeks began voting in a second round of local and European Parliament elections on Sunday, seen as a litmus test for support for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s shaky government.

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