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New Greek government offers no austerity relief

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New Greek government offers no austerity relief


Greece’s new cabinet may last a month or two longer than planned, according to senior officials but it is very unlikely to be given a honeymoon period to settle in.

New Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has been keen to stress that whatever happens, Greeks should not expect any immediate relief from the tough austerity measures they have endured for two years.

Some in Athens say the new change at the top will not make much if any difference. For Stavros Alexiou the problems remain the same: “Ok he (Papademos) is a personality, but this does not mean he will solve the problems of Greece. Problems will remain, and the people will pay for them.”

“I think he (Papademos) is the right person for the job, although I don’t think he was able to really choose his cabinet. They’ve placed certain politicians who should not be in the new government,” believes Athens resident, Dimitris Andreou.

The new crisis cabinet merges main players in the old socialist administration with members of its main rival party, the conservative opposition New Democracy.

Greeks have largely welcomed Lucas Papademos. The new prime minister is widely seen as a safer pair of hands than his political predecessors. But there is still large opposition to the implementation of the 130-billion euro bailout deal. Posters for Greece’s next general strike on November 15 are already being circulated around Athens.

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