Greek voters go to the polls on Sunday, to choose a new government.
Surveys suggest the conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and his party will lose, after five and a half years in power. The left wing party Pasok has a six percent lead but it’s not known if it has enough support to win a majority in parliament. There is a strong mood of cynicism in Greece with an EU survey showing nine out of ten Greeks have little faith in either side. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is promising belt- tightening measures to deal with burgeoning public debt and an impending recession. But he can’t explain why he didn’t impose these earlier. And a series of financial scandals involving cabinet ministers haven’t helped his case. Pasok’s leader George Papandreou is advocating big spending measures and a green economy. But many believe the party, in power until relatively recently, doesn’t deserve a second chance. So whoever wins, it seems a coalition may be on the cards.