April 10, 2000 |
Prime Minister Costas Simitis, who steered Greece from a financial morass to the threshold of Europe's currency union, won reelection Sunday, narrowly surviving voter angst over his austere management and a stock market slump that hurt thousands of small investors in the final weeks of the race. The 64-year-old incumbent defeated his younger rival, Costas Karamanlis, in Greece's closest parliamentary election since the end of military rule a quarter of a century ago.
January 12, 1992 |
Troubled Greece, sick man of the prospering new Europe, is headed for a new round of political turmoil with an old cast of characters. Former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, a sharp-tongued socialist, is maneuvering for a political comeback, warring with renewed vigor against conservative Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, who drove him from office in 1990 amid charges of massive corruption during eight years of spendthrift rule.
September 29, 1989 |
Drama in a historic vote of censure in the small hours of the morning. Pathos at a funeral in the afternoon rain. Such were the political signposts Thursday in a country on hold. Greece, the divided and unstable kin of a united and powerful Europe, is adrift, searching for a new course. An improbable government of conservatives and Communists, formed after no-winner June elections, announced Thursday that, as planned, it will resign next week to clear the way for new elections Nov. 5.
November 6, 1989 |
A country searching in economic distress for a new government failed again to find one Sunday when Greek national elections solidified a left-right stalemate. Nearly complete returns in parliamentary voting early today mirrored results of an inconclusive June election in which conservatives wrested a plurality from socialist foes but fell tantalizingly short of the majority needed to form a one-party government.
March 4, 1994 |
In contentious Greece today, national unity and regional divisiveness are summarized in a single invented word: Fyrom. Anyone headed for Athens should brace for a preoccupation with Fyromic intentions and laments about the inability of Greece's allies to understand the Fyromonian problem in its true dimension.
January 17, 1992 |
A special 13-judge criminal court in Athens early today acquitted former Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou of all charges against him in a $200-million financial scandal that was instrumental in driving his Socialist government from office in 1989. In dramatic conclusion to the most spectacular corruption trial in recent Greek history, the court found Papandreou innocent of masterminding an embezzlement at the privately owned Bank of Crete through the misuse of government funds.