Greece’s conservatives have already warned Prime Minister Lucas Papademos he cannot count on them to approve future austerity measures.
Anticipating today’s debate and Wednesday’s confidence vote on existing reforms the conservatives said they will cooperate now but next week is another matter.
Papademos has already spelled out the problems ahead saying the enormity of the task at hand for the government is disproportionately large and that work must begin immediately.
But the new coalition government appears unlikely to enjoy much cross party support. New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras has already said further cuts and reforms which Greece’s international lenders require in return for a 130 billion euro package won’t be approved.
And on the streets of Athens where preparations are under way for a mass protest on Thursday, few appear willing to allow the new administration a honeymoon period.
Book store owner and activist Yannis Maravelakis said: “The government of PASOK, New Democracy, LAOS and bankers is a government that will continue and intensify the barbaric attack against people, workers and the youth. There is no grace period for this government.”
And as if to illustrate the current heightened tensions across the country, a home made bomb exploded in front of a government office in Athens but no one was hurt in the blast.