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Greece looks set for repeat election | euronews, world news

Greece looks to be heading for a repeat election as the country's three biggest parties appear unable to agree over an EU-IMF bailout.

The leaders of conservative New Democracy, the Socialists and Syriza, a radical leftist party that rejects the terms of the rescue plan, held talks with Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

Three attempts to form a government ended in failure last week.

EU leaders admit that failure to adhere to the terms of the bailout could see Greece leave the eurozone.

Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos appealed to the "logic and patriotism" of his counterparts and called on them strike a deal.

He said that he held some hope of forming a government despite the meeting's dead end.

But Alexis Tspiras, the leader of Syriza, rejected any possibility of softening its anti-austerity stance.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun May 13th, 2012 at 12:27:05 PM EST
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Syriza Says It Won't Join Greek National Unity Government - Bloomberg

Greece's biggest anti-bailout party, Syriza, said for the second time in as many days that it won't join a unity government, pushing the country closer to new elections that have sparked concerns about a euro-area exit.

"Syriza won't betray the Greek people," leader Alexis Tsipras said in statements televised on state-run NET TV after a meeting brokered by President Karolos Papoulias between the party and the leaders of the New Democracy and Pasok parties. "We are being asked to agree to the destruction of Greek society."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun May 13th, 2012 at 12:39:27 PM EST
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Each party must make its natural politics. Syriza should not be part of a government contrary to what has been promised by Syriza.

Experience in Spain: Zapatero should call elections in last May 2010, instead of taking a decision contrary to the nature of his party:
 1. It failed to solve anything.
 2. The Socialist Party lost votes.
 3. The political disaffection was increased.
 4. u.s.w.

by PerCLupi on Mon May 14th, 2012 at 06:55:18 AM EST
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"Syriza won't betray the Greek people," leader Alexis Tsipras said in statements televised on state-run NET TV after a meeting brokered by President Karolos Papoulias between the party and the leaders of the New Democracy and Pasok parties. "We are being asked to agree to the destruction of Greek society."

Hang tough, baby. You're writing history, possibly for the whole world.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon May 14th, 2012 at 11:25:19 AM EST
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Tsipiras is saying what Papandreou or Zapatero should have said two years ago.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 14th, 2012 at 11:30:38 AM EST
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