Sunday 18 March 2018

Greek coalition on the brink after talks on TV closure fail

THE fate of Greece's shaky coalition government is hanging in the balance after crucial talks to end a major disagreement over the closure of state TV collapsed.

Conservative prime minister Antonis Samaras's surprise move last week to save money by shutting down the ERT broadcaster - with the loss of all 2,656 jobs - sparked protests in Greece and abroad, and angered both his centre-left allies.

After two rounds of negotiations earlier this week, the three parties seemed set for a compromise that would stave off early elections just one year into the government's four-year mandate. But the talks broke down during the third meeting and it is unclear how severe the rift is.

Mr Samaras convened an urgent meeting with senior cabinet aides, while Socialist Pasok head Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis consulted party officials.

Irish Independent

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