Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Leftwing Greek Party Seeks Coalition

SYRIZA Leader Rejects 'Barbaric' Austerity

Greece's youngest politician, the leader of the country's leftwing parliamentary grouping, has started talks with other parties on forming a coalition government to reject what he calls "barbaric" austerity measures imposed by the European Union.

Alexis Tsipras, 38, head of the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, formally received the mandate to form a coalition government from President Karolos Papoulias at their meeting in Athens on Tuesday.

Conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, whose party was sharply reduced in Sunday's election, abandoned his bid to form a coalition government on Monday after only six hours of talks.

The mandate is valid for 72 hours.

Voters failed to give any party a majority, plunging Greece into more uncertainty.

The result is part of a wave of anti-austerity feeling that is building momentum in Europe.

There will be another election if none of the elected parties can form a coalition.