Last throw of the dice on Sunday

The last flickering hope for avoiding a second election in as many months in Greece depends on the meetings that President Karolos Papoulias will have on Sunday with all leaders of the seven parliamentary parties so as to have a coalition government formed.

The President's office announced on Saturday that he has invited the leaders of the three parties that had taken the exploratory mandate to form a government, i.e. New Democracy's Antonis Samaras, SYRIZA's Alexis Tsipras and PASOK's Evangelos Venizelos, to meet him at noon on Sunday.

He will then have separate meetings with the leaders of the other four parties in the new Parliament, i.e. with Panos Kammenos of Independent Greeks, Aleka Papariga of the Communist Party, Nikos Michaloliakos of Golden Dawn and, crucially, Fotis Kouvelis of the Democratic Left.