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Greece implodes as protests drown out its European vocation

Featherstone, Kevin (2012) Greece implodes as protests drown out its European vocation. LSE Greece@LSE (08 May 2012). Website.

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On Sunday, Greece went on a binge-party, drinking to forget the nation’s economic woes and indebtedness. Voters wanted to punish the two main parties that have governed the country for the last four decades, holding them responsible for the austerity measures they’re suffering. So, the party that had won the previous elections – PASOK (centre-left) – saw its vote fall by 31 percentage points to just 13%. The main opposition party – New Democracy (centre-right) – scrambled to first place with just 18.8%, down by 15 percentage points.Not even a combination of ND and PASOK – continuing the recent caretaker government format – could command a majority in Parliament. Not surprisingly, ND leader Antonis Samaras failed to form a coalition against this background. Indeed, it may not be possible for any government to be formed – or not one that can survive – and fresh elections in June look very likely.

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Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > Hellenic Observatory
Collections > Greece@LSE Blog
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 07:38
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 23:17

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