A crisis cabinet meeting in Greece went on until the early hours and it was far from plain sailing for the increasingly isolated prime minister, George Papandreou.
Government sources said some around the table questioned the timing of the referendum called on the latest bailout deal for Greece, while a handful were openly against it.
MP Milena Apostolaki has quit the ruling socialist party, reducing Papandreou’s parliamentary majority to just two. Six other senior colleagues urged him to make way for what they called a “politically legitimate” administration.
Meanwhile, Greece’s army, navy and air force chiefs are being replaced in a major military reshuffle that has added to the sense of chaos. With no explanation from the defence minister, some in the opposition have slammed the move as politically motivated.