Greek P.M. to Miss EU Summit

    Greece's new Prime Minister Antonis Samaras speaks to reporters before a swearing - in ceremony of his new government outside the Presidential Palace  in Athens, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Greece's new conservative-led coalition government on Thursday pledged to try and revise the country's austerity commitments to its creditors, but insisted that would not endanger ties with the rest of Europe or Greek use of the euro currency.(AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

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    Newly named Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will not attend a summit of European Union leaders this week since he is still recovering from eye surgery, a government spokesman said Sunday. Greece is expected to ask the EU to ease the harsh terms of the bailout at the Brussels summit. Incoming finance minister Vassilis Rapanos will also miss the summit after being hospitalized Friday for intense abdominal pain and dizziness. Representing the Greek government will be Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos and outgoing Finance Minister George Zanias.

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