Thu, May 23 2013
A riot policeman kicks an anti-austerity protester who fell during clashes in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) square February 10, 2012.
Riot policemen defend their positions during violent protests in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) square against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government, February 10, 2012.
A demonstrator hurls rocks at riot police during protests in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) square against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government, February 10, 2012.
A petrol bomb explodes near riot police during protests against planned reforms by Greece's coalition government in Athens, February 10 2012.
Analysts say the wealthier European countries are ignoring the need for economic growth in Greece and the other troubled economies. They say that without growth, the countries will not be able to recover in the long term, and their people may well reject plans that promise years, or even decades, of suffering.
The announcement was made a day after rioters torched the centre of Athens and parliament adopted a new round of controversial austerity measures.
Even if the funds come through, there are concerns Greece ultimately may leave the eurozone, possibly prompting other economically troubled members to follow.
Greece needs the aid package from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund in order to avoid defaulting on $19 billion in bond payments due in March.
Talks broke up early February 9 2012 with only one outstanding issue remaining.
At the end of Q3 2011, the highest government debt to GDP ratio was in Greece, at 159.1 per cent.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.