Radical left party begins talks to form Greek government

Radical left party begins talks to form Greek government

A left-wing party opposed to the terms of Greece’s bailout agreements is trying to form a government after a general election stalemate.

The Radical Left Coalition, led by Alexis Tsipras, is to formally receive a mandate to form a government, and get three days to try and hammer out a power-sharing deal.

The party came a surprise second place in Sunday’s election, after campaigning hard on a pledge to scrap bailout agreements that have kept the country afloat but also brought in harsh austerity measures. Greece is in its fifth year of recession and unemployment has spiked to over 20%.

Election winner, the conservative New Democracy, had first stab at forming a government on Monday but failed to find enough support from other parties.

Failure to reach a deal this week would trigger another general election in June, raising fears that Greece’s painful deficit-cutting program – along with Europe’s troubled efforts to resolve its debt crisis – could be thrown off track.

More on this topic

Three held in Greece after ancient shipwrecks were plunderedThree held in Greece after ancient shipwrecks were plundered

Strike in Greece hits island ferries and Athens transport networkStrike in Greece hits island ferries and Athens transport network

Greece says ‘damp’ in British Museum is insult to Parthenon SculpturesGreece says ‘damp’ in British Museum is insult to Parthenon Sculptures

Greece to lift remaining restrictions on bank depositorsGreece to lift remaining restrictions on bank depositors


More in this Section

Trump threatens to deploy military in vow to end protestsTrump threatens to deploy military in vow to end protests

Two-metre distance more effective than one at curbing Covid-19 spread – studyTwo-metre distance more effective than one at curbing Covid-19 spread – study

British MPs to return to Westminster after virtual proceedings droppedBritish MPs to return to Westminster after virtual proceedings dropped

New reporting process sees 445 extra Covid-19 deaths added to UK totalNew reporting process sees 445 extra Covid-19 deaths added to UK total


Lifestyle

Bless me readers, I have sinned. This week, we had more than a few visitors around, some water was wasted in the back garden and I was judgmental about my friends’ parenting style.Learner Dad: The highlight was when my daughter roared, ‘this is just like being on holidays’

Wearing gloves when out in public has become more prevalent and so has pulling them on in the garden during lockdown, writes Ray RyanIreland's growing love for gardening

Dublin songstress, Imelda May.Imelda May returns with spoken word album Slip Of The Tongue

Back in the day, there was a device called a GameShark.GameTech: Maneater is a game with bite

More From The Irish Examiner