Greece’s Election This Sunday Are A Referendum On Reform And Austerity, Greek PM Says

OpenEuropoe relates tht the FT reports that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has raised the stakes of this Sunday’s local elections by declaring them a “referendum” on the €110bn bail-out package and accompanying austerity measures.

Papandreou says he will call a snap general election in December if his Pasok party fails to win 13 key regional governors’ posts. “I’m not bluffing,” Mr Papandreou said in a newspaper interview. “The country is at risk if we adopt the opposition view and roll back the reform programme.” The article notes that a recent opinion poll for Mega television showed the government’s approval rating at 23%, its lowest to date, as austerity bites deeper.


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