Democratic Left will not return to Greece's coalition, says leader

Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis has ruled out the possibility of his party returning to the coalition government it quit in June over the closure of public broadcaster ERT.

“The reasons for our departure remain and we disagree with government policy,” Kouvelis told Real News weekly.

He also argued the government would have to call snap elections if it plans to agree a third bailout with Greece’s lenders.

“If there is an issue of a new agreement with Greece’s partners that will include new onerous measures, this will be a reason for calling elections,” said Kouvelis.