Last ditch talks continue to form a coalition government in Greece in an attempt to avoid another election. Socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos has met with conservative rival Antonis Samaras, whose New Democracy party came first in Sunday’s election but which failed to secure a majority of seats.
A deal between once dominant PASOK party, New Democracy and a third leftist party, would achieve
the necessary parliamentary majority.
On Sunday voters effectively declared that they wanted the terms of an EU bailout renegotiated.
“There must be a chance, 70 percent said ‘No’ to the bailout. I’m not sure how they will be able to re-negotiate it. But I’m certain that people can’t tolerate this situation any longer,” said businessman Costa Vogas.
“I’m one of those who voted for the Golden Dawn far-right party. I admit it. I’m not a Golden Dawn supporter but I wanted to vote against all those who brought us to where we are now,” said public sector worker Yorgos Exindavelonis.
“We all feel very strange not knowing what is going to happen. This creates an uncertainty that makes life very hard,” said 60-year-old Dimitris Anastasiadis.
If these latest talks fail, all parties will have one last chance to renegotiate before a new election is ordered within the next four weeks.