If George Papandreou was smarting from his grilling with the French and German leaders he showed no sign of it. The Greek premier emerged from the talks calm and confident that his call to let his voters decide on the EU bailout was the right thing to do.
“It’s a democratic right. And the Greek people are, I believe, mature and wise enough to make the decision that is to the benefit of the Greek People and the country. And a positive decision for the Greek people is not only a positive decision for Greeks but for Europe,” said Papandreou.
The Greek leader revealed that the referendum could happen as early as December 4 – satisfying at least one requirement from his European partners, that of getting on with things as fast as possible.