Greece moved closer to a second snap election on Wednesday when the head of the biggest party launched a new attack on radical leftist Alexis Tsipras, saying his plans for a new government would push the country out of the euro zone.
New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said in a televised statement that he hoped Tsipras would “come to his senses” before they met for coalition talks later on Wednesday.
Tsipras, riding a wave of public disgust with economic hardship in last Sunday’s election, has demanded that Samaras and socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos tear up their 130-billion euro bailout deal with the EU and IMF.
Samaras said this would be “a certain and immediate disaster”.
Tsipras, whose Left Coalition SYRIZA came second in the election, received a three-day mandate on Tuesday after Samaras gave up after only a few hours.
He was due to meet both Venizelos and Samaras later on Wednesday but there seems virtually no chance of agreement on a workable coalition to end Greece’s post-election limbo.
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