President Karolos Papoulias made a last attempt to bring together representatives of the four major parliamentary forces hope to agree on a government of national unity. During the day there were reports of chances for a coalition government only for 2-3 months and a mandate to prepare a plan for gradual exit from the anti-crisis plan.
But they vanished in the afternoon announcement by the smallest of them – “Democratic Left” that will not participate in the study, which is off the second largest – the Coalition of Radical Left (SYRIZA). Shortly before that of SYRIZA said they will not even respond to the invitation of President and prefer to conduct their own consultations outside the constitutional procedure.
On May 17 is the inaugural meeting of the newly elected Parliament and then if no agreement for the government, the President should appoint a cabinet official. Interim Prime Minister will be one of the leaders of the three main courts in the country and his mandate will only prepare a new vote for the second half of June. If that May 6 was a de facto agreement with the IMF and the EU in June it will remain as a referendum on the euro area.
This time is different
86-year-old Papoulias already went through a similar political drama in November 2011, when still then the two leading parliamentary parties – the conservative “New Democracy” and sotsialistite PASOK, agreed to a broad coalition of non-party Lucas Papadimos technocrat as prime minister. But now the two do not reach the 2 votes of a majority and nobody wants to do with himself these three-party coalition.
SYRIZA is already leading in popularity (less than 20% of the next election), but I will not gather votes for self-management. However, its leader Alexis Tsipras not retreat from its position of refusing to help plan, but at the same time maintains that Greece does not want to leave the eurozone. Last night he went with his sharp attacks in all directions. He said the two major parties are irresponsible and blackmailed because they have no plan what to do and just put rumors out of the euro, and his party defended Europe from neoliberal forces that overthrew it by layoffs.
“I think it is impossible equation and his words are irresponsible,” said yesterday the Finnish Minister for European Affairs Alexander Stubb. “SYRIZA opened the door for new elections. And this time like it or not, they will tend to referendum. Will face the question of what we want – euros or drachma,” wrote the center-left Greek newspaper “Ethnos”. Collage on the front page depicted a man who shoots the head and blood flying behind her in the shape of the contours of the Greek state.
We can get rid of the drummer
The task of the Greek political elite has become much more complicated than the previous crisis in November, because the majority of politicians talk openly revolt against the conditions of the bailout (which would also involve the suspension of aid and bankruptcy at the end of June) and in Europe’s top politicians, central bankers and analysts argue that the abolition of Greece in the euro area will be a heavy blow, but subject to control. Markets responded with a significant decrease of the indices, but this in Athens sank to 4.56 percent from 1992 levels
Arriving for the meeting on Monday evening at ECOFIN in Brussels, Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter warned that not only can be stopped aid to Greece and that country can not leave the eurozone, but out of the European Union will then have to reapply for membership. The renewed version of the alliance contract a party may request the consent of the other 26 to terminate their membership. Yesterday, however, Reuters quoted a diplomat in the euro area so that replies to question Can Greece be expelled from the EU: “In theory – no, but it is something as a group, who did not like the drummer – it will find a way to get rid of it. ”
“We will end with Civil War”
Hrizohoidis Michalis, Minister of Public Order in the outgoing cabinet, warned yesterday that bankruptcy is in danger of an outbreak of total crisis in Greece with “massive shortages of food and medicines, fuel coupons, Greek siege of the nationalized banks by depositors and armed with Kalashnikovs gangs on the streets – will eventually end up in civil war. ”
“We must remain in the euro. I have lived in poverty drachma and do not want to go back there. Never! God help us! Must cooperate or everything will collapse, chaos would reign. Finally, you must care little about us, not for their own positions, “he told Reuters the 70-year-old Maria Kampisi.