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Venizelos Fails To Form Greek Gov’ – What’s Next?

Efforts by PASOK-leader Evangelos Venizelos to form a coalition government failed on Friday afternoon. He could not convince SYRIZA-leader, Alexis Tsipras, to join a so-called “ecumenical government” by PASOK-ND-DEMLEFT.   

Right after the one-hour meeting, Tsipras, said a clear “No”.

Venizelos is expected to return the mandate to the President tomorrow and the president will call the political leaders council – most likely over the week end. Whether the leaders will find a common ground under the President is for the time being questionable.

Communist KKE rejects any governmental cooperation and INDEPENDENT GREEKS are not willing to cooperate with anyone either.

See KTG-articles on Greek government talks here and how Greece’s lender press for a pro-bailout gov here

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3 comments

  1. What’s next? Well, Greece, how about stop talking and start doing something useful, like acting?

  2. Say what you will about Venizelos, he came closer to succeeding than both Samaras and Tsipras. With the Democratic Left on board, he already had a majority, if not for the condition to include Syriza as well. Of course, given Tsipras’ determined stomping for an anti-memorandum course, that was very unlikely to happen. It’s understandable that the other parties don’t want to bear the burden of passing unpopular laws, only to see Syriza in the opposition profiting from that by increasing the share of the voters. But for Greece, the delay until the next election will make the situation even worse. And Syriza probably will gain more strength anyway.

    Imho it will turn out that it was a stupid idea to insist on getting Tsipras on board. The party leaders should have bravely accepted the responsibility and joined France’s new president Hollande in a push for an EU growth pact. With some luck, they could have created new jobs until the next election in a few years, and emerged as saviours of the Greek nation, instead of as yet another gang of politicians who put partisan concerns above the urgent interests of their people.

    • “could have” is the whole history of Greece in two words. I pray every day that it won’t be the two words to describe its future too.