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Greece party leaders try again to break impasse over ERT

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Greece party leaders try again to break impasse over ERT


Greece’s coalition party leaders met again on Thursday June 20 to try to end the political crisis triggered by the closure of the state broadcaster ERT.

Demonstrations continued this week, while TV screens remained blank despite a court order that programmes should resume.

It is thought that the politicians, deadlocked over the form the new ERT should take, are heading for a compromise.

As partners in the coalition government left talks on June 19 it was clear the disagreements went beyond the state of the broadcaster itself.

The New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said ERT is a “typical case of… incredible waste”.

But the coalition’s junior partners, PASOK and the Democratic Left, are at odds over what should replace it.

Since the official closure of the channel, ERT staff defied management have orders to leave their studios and have continued broadcasting improvised programmes over the Internet.

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