Today’s elections in Greece are at a local level.
But in troubled economic times, the future of George Papandreou’s national government could hinge on the outcome.
The Socialist prime minister has said he will dissolve parliament if the electorate fails to show support for his austerity programme. And, amid the prospect of an early general election,
Conservative main opposition leader Antonis Samaras is urging a vote for change.
Many have been hit hard by tough belt-tightening measures, agreed under a multi-billion euro EU/IMF bailout to save Greece from bankruptcy.