Sunday 21 January 2018

Poll: Greece’s anti-bailout party Syriza 4pc higher than ruling Conservatives

GREECE’S anti-bailout SYRIZA party would win an election held today with a 4pc lead over the ruling Conservatives, although both parties have lost support since elections in June, an opinion poll published on Monday found.

The poll showed SYRIZA, which has promised to tear up the €130bn bailout keeping Greece afloat if it came to power, would win with 26pc of the vote. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's New Democracy party would get 21.5pc.

That compares to 29.6pc for New Democracy and 26.9pc for Syriza in the June parliamentary polls.

Support for the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn, whose hard line against immigrants and corrupt politicians has boosted its popularity, surged to 13.5pc from 7pc in the June 17 election.

The poll also found few Greeks believe getting long-delayed bailout money will not be enough to "save" their debt-laden country and uncertainty will continue to hang over its finances.

Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund meet again later on Monday to seek to unfreeze a €44bn tranche for Greece and decide how Greek debt could be cut to a more sustainable level.

As many as 84pc of those surveyed believe uncertainty in the country will persist even if the money is disbursed, while only 10pc thought that would save the country, the found.

Two in three Greeks think the government did not negotiate hard during the Nov. 20 Eurogroup meeting on Greece that ended without agreement and 76pc put this down to the government's unwillingness or being incapable of doing so.

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