Samaras on Offense as Greek Bailout 3.0 Talks Loom

Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg/Kathimerini (English edition), 14.10.2013

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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has gone on the offensive at home and abroad, seeking leverage as the spotlight in Europe’s financial-crisis drama returns to the country where it began. […]

Mired in the sixth year of a recession that has driven unemployment to a record 28 percent, Samaras is positioning for a third bailout as he clings to a five-seat majority in the 300-member parliament.

“Samaras is under continuous pressure at home because of the high level of despair and anger among citizens,” Janis Emmanouilidis, director of studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels and a regular visitor to Greece, said on Oct. 11 by phone. “He needs support from European partners and at the same time he needs to show Greeks that he’s a hard bargainer. In the current environment, no Greek government would feel strong and comfortable.” […]

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