Thursday sees the first full day of work for Greece’s newly formed coalition government but Prime Minister Antonis Samaras still needs to name a cabinet.
Together with his new socialist and left wing colleagues, he’s promised to give hope to the Greek people.
He has already pleased a relieved Europe according to EU Commission Representative in Greece, Panos Karvounis:
“I have just delivered to the new prime minister, a congratulations letter from the president of the European Commission, Jose Manual Barroso. In this letter, of course, we are saying that Mr. Barroso says he will support Greece and that the European Commission stands ready to continue supporting Greece in recovery.”
Samaras’s swearing-in has ended weeks of uncertainty that has threatened Greece’s membership of the eurozone.
Now all he has to do is keep his promise and persuade Germany to agree to softer terms on his country’s harsh international bailout.