Sunday 17 December 2017

Maeve Dineen: Papandreou's recklessness puts democracy back on agenda

THERE is a very good chance that by the time you are reading this, George Papandreou will have been forced to step down as Greek prime minister.

Papandreou may have gained the parliamentary confidence vote early on Saturday, but he was by no means in the clear when I wrote this yesterday.

Papandreou spent most of yesterday locked in crisis talks with his cabinet as senior Greek politicians, businessmen and lobbyists held discussions to identify candidates who would hold cabinet jobs in a national unity government. It is hoped they will launch a new €130bn rescue package, then take the country to elections early next year. While he has behaved recklessly at certain times during this crisis, I hold some sympathy for the man who has brought Europe to the brink and here are the reasons why.

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