Tuesday 12 December 2017

Vote should prompt rebuttal of SF claims

There is a world of difference between France and Greece, and the results of the presidential election in the first country and the parliamentary elections in the second illustrate it aptly.

In France, the Socialist Francois Hollande defeated President Nicolas Sarkozy by a narrow margin, though not too narrow for comfort. Although Mr Hollande unveiled dramatic proposals during the election campaign, he is a moderate who has been called "a conservative with a small c".

In Greece, the centre-right New Democracy emerged as the largest party. But the most conspicuous, and most worrying, development was the advance of the extreme right and extreme left. Yesterday the New Democracy leader, Antonis Samaras, declared himself unable to form a new coalition. The electorate may have to vote again next month.

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