Greece’s government has been forced to back down over the shutdown of the country’s national broadcaster after a court ordered ERT back on air.
The ruling follows last week’s sudden switch-off ordered by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in a bid to save money and please foreign lenders.
The subsequent outcry from journalists, unions and the government’s coalition partners exposed rifts with Samaras’s allies and threw up the spectre of a snap election.
“The court ruling ordering the reopening of the public broadcaster has at least for the time being eased tension between the three partners in the Greek coalition government. But the ERT issue seems to be only the tip of the iceberg in an uneasy relationship that at any time could lead to an early general election,” said euronews reporter Stamatis Giannisis.