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Greeks react to new political drama

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Greeks react to new political drama


As Athens teeters on the brink of default, the banners in Syntagma Square speak of revolution.

But following Wednesday’s riots outside government ministries, ordinary Greeks can only watch and wait while Prime Minister George Papandreou promises things will change.

But is the ordinary man on the street hoping for answers that can’t be delivered?

Greek citizen Amalia Stinga told euronews she thinks the PM is dithering: “He’s not making the decisions he needs to make. I’m of the opinion that he’s afraid – otherwise he would have done a lot more by now.”

Another woman is sceptical that a cabinet reshuffle will make any difference: “It’s not a matter of whether this one or that one ends up as minister.

It’s about finding a realistic way of dealing with these problems.”

With unemployment reaching a record high of more than 16% – and growing by nearly 40% in just a year – ordinary Greeks know that any power vacuum and talk of elections soon will offer very little practical help at all.

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