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Greek election crucial for Europe

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Greek election crucial for Europe


Greeks have started voting in the most critical election in the country’s recent history. The outcome could affect its place in Europe as well as the future of the euro.

Pollsters say the result is impossible to predict but one thing analysts agree on is that this is one of the most important polls since the fall of the military dictatorship on 1974.

A record eight to ten parties could be going into parliament with smaller groups wielding disproportionate power in the event of no clear winner.

The most recent polls suggest the main contest is between Antonis Samaras’s New Democracy party and PASOK, led by former finance minister Evangelos Venizelos.

He is the man who negotiated the bailout package which has seen severe cuts in public spending. As a consequence analysts say the party’s support could be drastically reduced in the poll.

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