Greek election: Voters turn their backs on the parties they blame for economic problems

Antonis Samaras, leader of the Greek conservatives, New Democracy (photo:dpa)
Antonis Samaras, leader of the Greek conservatives, New Democracy (photo:dpa)

The two major parties which have governed Greece for 38 years face a tough election on May 6. The conservatives and socialists may be forced to create a grand coalition as voters turn to extreme parties to vent their anger over increased taxes and lower pensions and salaries imposed in an austerity programme.

POLITICS in Greece has always been highly confrontational so it is no wonder the campaign for the May 6, 2012, election is following the same pattern.

The only difference is the unprecedented public anger directed mainly against the two major parties, the Panhellenic Socialistic Movement (PASOK) and, to a lesser degree, the conservative New D...

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