Greece

Papandreou struggles to form unity government


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Prime Minister George Papandreou is struggling to form a unity government with the main opposition party, New Democracy, refusing to be involved.

The Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) which has 16 MPs had indicated that it might be willing to join such a government if led by current finance minister Evangelos Venizelos, but they are now saying that they won’t join without New Democracy. Whilst George Papandreou publicly looks for new partners, it seems that Venizelos is having his own meetings behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, a poll in the Proto Therma newspaper suggests that 52% of Greek voters want a unity government with 36% preferring a snap poll. In the Ethnos newspaper the gap is closer, with 45% wanting a unity government and 41.7% preferring a snap election.

Both polls suggest a complete collapse in confidence in the government with 79% saying they have no confidence in the current government and the same number saying that a referendum had been a bad idea.

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