Greek government-debt crisis

Venizelos meets with Papandreou, says ex-PM has 'moral obligation' to stay with PASOK

PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos met briefly with his predecessor and former Prime Minister George Papandreou ahead of a parliamentary vote for president on Tuesday, shortly after sources close to the latter suggested that he will be announcing the formation of a new political party at the end of the year.

Greek MPs fail in second try to elect president

Greek MPs failed on Dec. 23 to elect a president in a second vote in parliament, bringing an early general election, feared by financial markets and the country's EU-IMF creditors, a step closer.
The government candidate, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, fell 32 votes short of the required 200 votes, meaning a third and final vote will be held on December 29.

PM confident of garnering 180 votes in next round as opposition eyes polls

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras appeared confident the coalition government will muster the 180 votes in the third round needed to elect its presidential candidate and avert snap elections, after 168 lawmakers in the 300-seat House backed the former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas for the post in the second round of a parliamentary ballot on Tuesday, showing an increase from the 160 ballots

Greek Parliament to Hold Presidential Vote for 2nd Time

Lawmakers in Greece are to make on Tuesday a second attempt at electing the country's new President.

The legislature in Athens failed to elect a head of state on December 17, since the only presidential candidate Stavros Dimas, the nominee of government partners from New Democracy and PASOK, was backed by only 160 MPs, with at least 200 (a two-thirds majority) needed for the step.

First four contracts to fund small firms signed by IfG and banks

The first four funding contracts of the Institution for Growth in Greece (IfG) fund with small and medium-sized enterprises were signed in Athens on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the executive vice president of German investment bank KfW, Christian Funke.