New Greek govt takes office as painful reforms loom

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends the swearing-in ceremony of the new government at the presidential palace in Athens on September 23, 2015Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ new left-wing government took office with a mandate to tackle painful economic reforms as well as a growing migration crisis that has shaken the EU. “We must share the burden,” Tsipras said in Brussels, after complaining that Europe had failed to give adequate support to Athens. The new Greek cabinet is almost a carbon copy of the previous government headed by the 41-year-old premier, who resigned in August after he losing his majority following a rebellion by hardliners in his Syriza party who were angered by the economic reform-and-rescue deal.

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