Greek Socialist leader calls for pro-bailout unity government

ATHENS Sun May 6, 2012 3:05pm EDT

Leader of the Greek Socialist PASOK party Evangelos Venizelos arrives to vote at a polling station in Thessaloniki, northern Greece May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Grigoris Siamidis

Leader of the Greek Socialist PASOK party Evangelos Venizelos arrives to vote at a polling station in Thessaloniki, northern Greece May 6, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Grigoris Siamidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos called for a national unity government of all pro-bailout parties, but warned that forming such a coalition would be difficult.

In his first public comments since polls closed in Sunday's election, Venizelos said his PASOK party had paid the price for handling the country's sovereign debt crisis.

"For us in PASOK this day is extremely painful," he said. "We knew the price would be big but we decided to pay it. We embittered people to protect the nation's future.

"The possibility of a national unity government must be explored."

Unofficial results from the interior ministry show PASOK beaten into third place behind the conservative New Democracy and the anti-bailout Left Coalition.

New Democracy and PASOK together were seen taking less than 33 percent of the vote, giving them a combined one-seat majority in parliament at best.

(Reporting by Harry Papachristou and Renee Maltezou, Writing by Deepa Babington, editing by Mike Peacock)

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jnffarrell wrote:
Great headline if you want to buy a minute to short the EU. What possessed your editors to put a positive spin on the headline.

The news is all negative for austerity.

May 06, 2012 2:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GMavros wrote:
Inside sources have disclosed that Monsieur Sarkozy & Fräulein Merkel intend to elope after the French & Greek elections.

Sources close to the couple said arrangements for their honeymoon have been already completed, and they have booked a very exclusive private villa on a Greek island.

The couple have reportedly expressed to close friends that their love for each other is much more important to them than their love for the EU.

Reporting farther into the Sarkozy-Merkel Eloping Affair reveals that the local Greeks on the undisclosed honeymoon-island are preparing a very special & very private welcome ceremony for the couple.

For Fräulein Merkel the local leather craftsmen are preparing a one-of-a-kind black leather wedding gown, high heel shoes, panties & bra.
A very expensive black leather whip was gifted to the couple from the Hellenic Equestrian Federation, chaired by Fräulein Merkel’s German uncle. The leather strips for the whip were made from the very rare olive color Greek suicide victims’ skin.

Goldman Sachs is sending them a NY Yankees Black Leather Bat, and Duane Reade Pharmacies is sending a gift basket containing jars of Vaseline & tubes of Preparation-H. The couple has indicated that they will be spending much time on vigorous sport activities.

Also the local blacksmith has obtained Monsieur Sarkozy’s neck, wrist & ankle measurements for some special metallic jewelry to be custom made for him from smelting Euro coins. The African French Colonies Association has provided a rare antique chain used on slave ships, to complete Zarcozy’s outfit.

For the poor villagers themselves, they are counting on the French garden snails & Sauerbraten the couple has promised to bring along.
However many of them have not yet dismantled their Easter lamb skewers as they were not used, all the lambs had been shipped to Germany & France, suggesting that they might have other intentions for their use.
Some have suggested that the leaders of Greece’s two pro-austerity parties, New Democracy and Socialist PASOK, might consider joining the couple as their butlers.

All in all, this is expected to be one of Europe’s most celebrated events, ever.

May 06, 2012 4:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GMavros wrote:
‘ Global Warming is Flooding Wall Street & Their Likes’…….
!!!! I LOVE IT !!!!

May 06, 2012 12:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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