Friday, June 22, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Greece's pro-bailout party gains ground

Greece's conservative New Democracy party has regained the lead in opinion polls, boosting its chances of forming a pro-bailout government committed to keeping the country in the euro zone, new surveys have showed.

Polls released before Saturday had shown pro- and anti-bailout parties running neck-and-neck ahead of the June 17 elections, which could determine the country's future in the continent's fiscal union.

Elections held in May failed to produce a clear winner and left parliament divided evenly between groups of parties that support and oppose the austerity conditions.

Greece has to meet those conditions in order to secure a $162bn bailout agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in March.

After the inconclusive polls, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, the carateker prime minister, was appointed to lead the country to the June 17 elections.

Five polls published by newspapers over the weekend showed New Democracy, which supports the bailout, leading with between 0.5 and 5.7 points over the anti-bailout leftist Syriza party.

New Democracy would get between 25.6 per cent and 27.7 per cent of the vote if the election was held today, according to the polls by Eleftheros Typos/Pulse, Proto Thema/Alco, Real News/MRB, To Vima/Kapa and Ethnos/MARC.

Syriza's support was between 20.1 and 26 per cent.

According to the Pulse and MARC polls, New Democracy and the next-biggest pro-bailout party, the socialist Pasok party, would together win a parliamentary majority of between 11 and 16 seats in the country's 300-seat parliament.

The Reuters news agency quoted analysts as saying the race was still too close to call.

Syriza says it would ditch the bailout deal that has led to record unemployment and severe wage cuts.

But Germany and other lenders have said they would cut the country's funding if it took such a step. That could lead to bankruptcy and possibly force Greece to leave the euro.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

UK's Theresa May comes out against US child separation policy

Read More

Italy's Salvini causes outrage over Roma census plan

Read More

May 2018 was the world’s 'fourth-warmest' May on record

Read More

Bosnian police block migrants from reaching EU member Croatia

Read More

Germany: Interior minister gives Merkel ultimatum on migrants

Read More

Greece and Macedonia sign agreement on name change

Read More

Global_News

Children housed at a juvenile detention centre in Virginia say they were beaten and locked up in solitary confinement.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Ramadan begins

2018 World Cup