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Kouvelis: Ecumenical Gov’ Until 2014, Gradual Bailout Disengagement

Fotis Kouvelis, leader of Democratic Left, made a statement after meeting Evangelos Venizelos form PASOK, who has the mandate to form a coalition government. Kouvelis offered a counter proposal:

” The time of truth has come” Kouvelis said while his statement was on live broadcast.

“I offered Venizelos to form an ecumenical government with trustworthy political personalities, a government to last until the EU elections of 2014 and thus under two conditions: That the country remains in the EU and the euro zone and that it will work towards a gradual disengagement from the Memorandum of Understanding.

Shortly after Venizelos said that the concepts of two leaders seem to be on a good path and that he is optimist.

Venizelos wants a national unity government and that the country will have overcome the MoU by 2015 – as the bailout agreement provides.

However that the second bailout austerity programme has provisions for austerity measures until 2015 doe snot mean that the austerity will be over after that 🙂

An ecumenical government is not possible, as IDEPENDENT GREEKS and communist KKE reject any government cooperation; the first with certain parties, the latter out of principle. Itcould also be a problem for some party leaders could be the participation of extreme-rights.

It remains to be seen whether the “optimism” for the country to get a government is real or whether political leaders use the chances of the days to make clear their stances ahead potential fresh elections.

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2 comments

  1. So now we know. the next step is for Venizelos to say that ecumenical government is not possible because the “extremists” reject it, and then for Kouvelis to say that he must take the “responsibilities”.
    There will be a split in the DL, of course, but the ND & PASOC need only two defectors.

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    and KKE will say ecumenical gov impossible, no priest can be PM 🙂 – Anothe rone will say ‘no’….
    However it makes not much sense that DL defectors run to ND/PASOK. I bet they’re on the phone with SYRIZA