Alexis Tsipras took the oath of office for a second term as Greek prime minister on September 21, promising to revive the crippled economy while demanding debt relief from creditors as his "first big battle" following an unexpectedly clear election victory.
Outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signaled on August 26 he would accept an easing of Greece's huge debt burden if he wins elections expected next month without any of the write-offs he has long demanded.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently resigned, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece's creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.
Greece's socialist PASOK party joined the main opposition on August 16 in saying it would not back Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras if he calls a confidence vote following a rebellion in the governing party over a new bailout deal.
A new bailout for Athens should be agreed by late August, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande said on August 6.
Greece moved to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system on June 28, closing its banks and imposing capital controls that brought the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.