Lenders in general and Brussels in particular have apparently a specific vision about Greece’s next government: a broader coalition with parties dear to the European Commission and the European Parliament. You know, like the water-proof Europeans, the good old chaps from PASOK and New Democracy, the new ‘liberal socialists’ or something like To Potami. Oh, and SYRIZA. Inevitably. As the previous ruling party still gets 26%-27% in public opinion polls and it can hardly be excluded.
“A coalition government that will have a broad legitimacy and will represent represent as many people as possible. For Brussels, that’s the ideal outcome from the upcoming elections,’ writes Greek Daily Ta NEA.
An anonymous “European source” told daily TA NEA that “such a government formation could negotiate with greater comfort the issue of debt restructuring.” And in fact the same source claimed that these messages have already been sent to Greek political parties.
“He is naive who believes that there will be agreement with half of Greece” the source at the European Commission said adding that “this position of Europe will be a factor with wight in the negotiations among the parties to form a government after the elections.”
“This is one of the many lenders’ voices sending repeatedly messages to Greece in recent weeks, messages saying that the lenders expect security, consistent implementation of the program and ‘ownership’ of the new government,” TA NEA notes.
PS a friend captured the anonymous radio message sent by Brussels to Athens. Here is the transcription: “One. Two. Three. This is. Brussels. Calling. Athens. Elections. Sept20. Government. Big. Coalition. Democracy. OVER.”