Syriza wins second Greek election in nine months
Party leader Alexis Tsipras claims "a clear mandate" to continue reforms
THE LEFT wing Syriza party will form a second government in Greece with the nationalist Independent Greeks after winning its second election since the beginning of 2015.
Syriza won 35 per cent of vote, which translates to 45 seats in the Greek parliament, slightly down on the 149 they won in January. The opposition New Democracy won 28 per cent.
Nicola Sturgeon breaks ranks with European leaders and calls for debt relief for Greece
First Minister says that an alternative to "piling austerity onto more austerity" must be found
NICOLA STURGEON has spoken out against the imposition of further austerity on Greece and called for debt relief for the country to be on the table.
Writing in the Guardian, Scotland's first minister said the the current proposals being offered by the Troika (the IMF, ECB and European Comission) "feel too much like the straightforward imposition of more of the austerity economics which have so palpably failed to solve the country's problems".
Greek Government defiant on attempt by the European Commission to veto anti-poverty bill
The European Commission told Greek Government the bill to ease poverty for poorest Greeks contravened bailout agreement
THE Greek Government has said it will continue with the so-called 'humanitarian crisis bill' despite last ditch efforts by the European Commission (EC) to halt it.
The EC says the bill contravenes the government's debt reduction commitments made in an agreement with the 'troika' - the EC, the European Central Bank and the IMF - last month to avoid the new administration falling into insolvency.
"Project Fear" comes to Greece as radical left Syriza edge closer to power
The eyes of Europe are returning to Greece as the country begins the process of electing a new President - and then potentially a radical left government.
Prime Minister Antonio Samaras has brought forward the presidential election, which is voted on by parliament in three rounds if necessary. The Greek government's preferred candidate is Stavros Dimas, a former EU environment commissioner.
Out of the 300 Greek parliamentarians, a presidential candidate must win 200 votes in the first round which is subsequently lowered to 180 by the third round.