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Alexis Tsipras at Saturday's swearing in of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in Athens

Greece debt crisis news: Alexis Tsipras shows his Machiavellian streak in a purge of Syriza rebels

Anti-austerity PM hangs on to power even though Greeks now face even harsher measures than those they voted against

A patient sits in a corridor of an Athens hospital. File photo

Greece debt crisis: The Austrian businessman whose charity is sending tons of medicine and food to the impoverished nation every month

Erwin Schrümpf founded Griechenlandhilfe because he 'could not stand by and watch such poverty and need in the EU'

A poster depicts the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble as a Neo-Nazi in Athens

Greece debt crisis: Greeks brace for unrest as Alexis Tsipras prepares to push through cuts

Demands accompanying €500m bailout deal anger public fed up with austerity

The agreement, which will save Greece €13 billion over three years in exchange for another €50 billion loan, is already hastening the splits in the left-wing Syriza party

Greece debt crisis: Greeks divided over whether dramatic eleventh-hour deal will rescue the nation – or simply extend its agony

Many of the millions of Greeks who voted 'no' predict unrest on the streets

A mix of weariness and disillusionment has settled on the Greek capital

Greek debt crisis: Athenians struggle on with sun, sea, olives and despair

As Greece awaits word from Brussels, the mood is of resignation and a little fear

Many overseas customers are forming a queue to buy holiday homes in some of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean

Greek debt crisis: In Khalkidhiki, rich foreign investors queue up to buy the elegant villas

'The Russians know what they want ... a sea view is the thing'

In bars and cafés, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble pop up often in conversation

Greek debt crisis: The wealthy citizens of Glyfada are worried - and plotting their escape

Passport applications are so high in the area that staff are having difficulty keeping up with demand

Alexis Tsipras (C) exits the meeting of the Parliamentary group of SYRIZA party in the Greek Parliament

Greek debt crisis: Senior Syriza figures refuse to back bailout plan amid growing anger

Party faces being torn apart as Tsipras is confronted by his broken promises

The Acropolis is still drawing in German tourists to Athens

German tourists continue flocking to Greece amid crisis, as other nationalities steer clear

The two nations’ leaders may be at odds, but holidaymakers are still heading for the islands in droves

Karima ‘Ruby’ El Mahroug, seen with her ex-boyfriend Luca Risso, is said to have received €7m

Silvio Berlusconi faces more questions over lavish presents and cash worth €7m given to 'Ruby the Heart Stealer'

Ms El Mahroug's former boyfriend Luca Risso told Berlusconi in a letter that it was a mistake to pay his young guests with bundles of €500 notes,

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