Health workers instruct a woman before taking a swab for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test.

IMF reassures COVID-19 support after hundreds of groups push back against belt-tightening measures

About 100 countries have asked the International Monetary Fund for emergency assistance during the pandemic. 

Greece exits bailout, but ‘shackles and the asphyxiation continue’

Senators vote on the the spending freeze in Brazil.

Brazil approves 20-year spending freeze amid protests

Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris poses after an interview with Reuters inside the townhall of Thessaloniki in northern Greece November 7, 2012.

If you think living in Greece in an age of austerity is tough, try running one of its cities

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Explainer: My Big Fat Greek Debt

After almost four hours of protest on May 13, students sit down while they await to hear the results of the conversation between student representatives and government officials.

For student protesters, a rare, decisive — and little-noticed — victory

Global Politics

Puerto Rican students forced Governor Alejandro García Padilla to abandon a plan to slash university funding by 20 percent, but the issue went largely uncovered in US media.

The head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras speaks to supporters after winning the elections in Athens January 25, 2015

Why Greek voters bucked Europe, backed an anti-austerity party


Voters in Greece have thrown their support behind Alexis Tsipras, the leader of a left-wing, anti-austerity party called Syriza. Tsipras says his first task as prime minister will be to renegotiate the tough economic measures imposed on Greece by the Eurozone, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Tsipras says he wants to give Greeks their dignity back.

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's far-left Syriza party smiles during a meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias (not pictured) at the Presidential palace in Athens November 3, 2014.

Why Europe is suddenly rediscovering Greece’s financial instability


You’d be forgiven for thinking Greece’s financial mess had been straightened out. After all, there’s been little talk lately of a Greek exit, or “Grexit,” from the Eurozone. But a call for new elections in Greece, coupled with the strength of an anti-austerity party headed by Alexis Tsipras, has Europeans considering Grexit 2.0.

Far-right Golden Dawn party leader Nikos Mihaloliakos (R) is escorted by anti-terrorism police officers as he arrives at a courthouse in Athens September 28, 2013.

Greeks are seeing the neo-Nazi face of the popular Golden Dawn party

Conflict & Justice

Until recently, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party enjoyed substantial popularity in Greece. Then, two weeks ago, a Golden Dawn member admitted to killing anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas. In the following days, Greek authorities arrested more than 20 Golden Dawn members, including much of the party’s leadership.

Spanish turning to carrots to protest higher taxes on cultural events

Spain hiked its taxes on cultural events as it faces mounting debts and budget deficits. And those higher taxes have greatly reduced the attendance and theaters and other arts establishments. But one theater, and now several other groups, have found a way to make the law work for them — with carrots.