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Greek court orders state broadcaster to reopen


A Greek court has ordered state broadcaster ERT back on air after ruling that the government acted illegally in abruptly shutting it down.

The move comes less than a week after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras closed it down suddenly claiming the operation was corrupt and it need of cost-cutting reform.

But the court has defended the government’s right to close the broadcaster to restart a cheaper version.

The decision has also offered all three sides in Greece’s coalition a way out of an impasse that had raised the spectre of a snap election.

Samaras’ PASOK and Democratic Left partners, who risk humiliation and the loss of any future say in the coalition, have previously rejected his offer of a limited restart of broadcasts.

Our correspondent in Athens, Stamatis Giannisis, says even if the prime minister must reverse his decision, he is still determined to carry out root-and-branch reforms to prove to his supporters that he is not willing to give up austerity measures regardless of the political cost.

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