The strike has brought public transport to a virtual standstill and shuttered schools, banks, and local government offices in Greece the day before Parliament votes on a new round of wage and pension cuts.
Before leaving for the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the EU to be given veto power over national budgets. But European leaders remain divided on the idea.
Chancellor Merkel, who faces elections next year, has tied her political fate to the survival of the common currency. But despite her efforts, Greece's economy continues to reel.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched to protest the German chancellor's visit to Athens, where she met with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to discuss further austerity measures.
A Greek man could face two years in prison after being arrested last week for blasphemy after posting a Facebook page that satirized a famous Greek Orthodox monk.
German Chancellor Merkel remained cool to the Greek prime minister's pleas in Berlin for more time to implement economic reforms. Samaras travels to France Saturday.
Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from the Olympics Wednesday for a controversial tweet.
The G-20 ended with growing global pressure on German chancellor Angela Merkel to work toward a long-term solution for Europe's sinking economies.
Greece's emerging government is expected to ask for more time to implement austerity measures. Germany is saying no. One side will have to back down.
Greeks vote Sunday in an election that many say could determine whether it stays in the eurozone. The prospect of a departure has much of Europe on edge.
Europe's dire warnings to Greece about the consequences of a potential default engender little fear among Greeks, who say the worst has already arrived.
Rumors are rife of a Greek exit from the eurozone. While no country has yet dropped the common currency, there are some indications of what will transpire if Greece does.
In Germany, the results of yesterday's elections are seen as a refusal to follow the austerity plan hammered out by European leaders in long, painful negotiations.
Today's national elections in Greece could see the end to a two-party monopoly over politics as discontent over the economic crisis generates interest in smaller parties.
On a Greek island, at least 600 are suspected of falsely claiming to be blind to get disability money. It's part of the rampant fraud that prompted Athens to halt payments to 200,000 last week.
More of the mentally ill in Greece have ended up homeless, as services have been hit hard amid sharp austerity measures.
The pensioner who committed suicide in Athens' main square said it was his only dignified option before pension cuts forced him to forage for food in the trash.
Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos is resigning his cabinet post amid the ongoing debt crisis to lead the Socialist party in general elections this spring.
Private investors agreed to write off 85.8 percent of Greece's private debt, but analysts warn that if Greece doesn't address underlying problems, the deal will not fix things for long.
For Greece to receive its second international bailout, private lenders need to agree to a substantial debt write-off. The deadline for an agreement is tonight.
Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition balked at the second Greek bailout, even though it passed. The vote is seen as a defeat for her austerity program.
European governments are expected to sign off on a second bailout for Greece today. But conditions set on rescue money have fueled populist unrest in southern Europe.
Though Athens is still taking steps to contain the damage, most of Europe is skeptical that Greece will dodge a default.
The Greek parliament will vote on further austerity measures Sunday – the latest effort to alleviate a crisis that has careened between an EU bent on austerity and a resistant Greek public.
Greece could finally default in March when massive bond payments are due.