January 15, 1987 |
Most of Greece came to a standstill today as about 2 million workers staged a 24-hour general strike against a tough government austerity program which includes a wage freeze.
September 15, 1986 |
A strong earth tremor today rolled through the same area of southern Greece where an earthquake two days ago killed at least 18 people. Police said the latest temblor injured 37 people in this port city 110 miles southwest of Athens. The Athens Seismological Institute said today's quake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale and occurred at 2:41 p.m. It had the same epicenter as Saturday's quake, which registered 6.2 on the Richter scale. Two aftershocks, of 4.1 and 3.
May 8, 1987 |
About 300,000 workers Thursday began a series of strikes throughout Greece, demanding wage increases and an end to an austerity program by Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou's Socialist government. State hospitals carried out only emergency services, state banks and schools were closed and some rail and bus services were affected.
November 20, 2011 |
Spanish voters chucked out their ruling party Sunday in favor of a new center-right government that they hope will revive their moribund economy and keep Spain from being sucked into the vortex of Europe's relentless debt crisis. The Socialists, who have governed the country since 2004, were resoundingly defeated by the Popular Party, which will now enjoy a commanding majority in parliament. The drubbing added to the cascade of leaders and governments in Europe that have fallen within the last year — Spain's turnover is the sixth — because of the crisis threatening the survival of the euro.
September 23, 2011 |
Amid tanking stocks, fear of a Greek default and the risk of another global recession, a small beacon of hope shone from a quiet corner of Europe on Thursday: Bailed-out Ireland is showing promising signs of a comeback. The Irish economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 1.6% in the second quarter this year, easily surpassing European heavyweights such as Germany and France. The news fueled hope that a modest recovery is underway after three painful years of economic contraction. It was the second straight quarter of growth for the Irish economy, which despite the real estate crash that killed the so-called Celtic Tiger continues to be a magnet for dynamic multinational companies such as Microsoft and Google.
February 20, 1994 |
It was hard to tell who was enjoying the evening more, the Marco Polo's passengers or the exuberant Zulu dance troupe from the Valley of the Thousand Hills in KwaZulu, which was brought on to entertain them. One signature detail of the new Orient Lines is to present local folkloric performers in as many ports of call as possible.