Monday September 1, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
29o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Coalition partners in last-ditch bid to mend govt rift

 Party leaders to meet again on ERT with PM set to make fresh proposal

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left (DIMAR), are to meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday for crucial talks aimed at bridging a rift over the closure of state broadcaster ERT that has put the future of the government in doubt.

Until late on Tuesday, aides to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras were working on proposals that would avert the risk of snap elections by restoring the signal of the state broadcaster which the two coalition partners have strenuously demanded without going back on pledges to foreign creditors for permanent layoffs in the civil service.

According to sources, the final proposal foresees the rehiring of all 2,600 dismissed ERT employees on fixed-term contracts that would allow them to work for another two months the estimated period of transition from ERT to a new, streamlined state broadcaster. The proposal was reportedly sent to PASOK and DIMAR and, although there were no official reactions, the general sense was that it could provide the basis of a settlement.

Earlier on Tuesday, a leaked proposal from Samarass camp foreseeing the hiring of a skeleton staff of 30 to 100 employees to run the temporary broadcasts reportedly prompted the anger of the junior coalition partners.

Both PASOK and DIMAR have insisted that ERT must reopen before its restructuring can begin while New Democracy counters that ERT is defunct. In accordance with their different positions, the parties have different interpretations of a Council of State ruling, issued late on Monday, according to which the government had the right to close ERT but not to cut the broadcasters signal.

Sources said earlier in the day that Kouvelis was furious with Samaras for refusing to reopen ERT following the ruling, deeming this a direct provocation. As long as ERT remains closed, the risk of early elections remains and is the exclusive responsibility of the premier, a DIMAR official said. The stance of PASOK remained that ERT must reopen as soon as possible.

Meanwhile there was heated speculation about whether the coalition leaders will be able to find a way out of the deadlock.

I hope those handling the situation are sensible, said former Premier Costas Simitis.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday June 18, 2013 (21:20)  
Excavation work at Amphipolis reveals section of marble mosaic floor
Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
Large fire in Crete brought under partial control
Traveling on public transport in Athens gets cheaper
Prospect of Greek grand prix back on the agenda; huge investment needed
The prospect of a Formula One racing track in the Greek capital, first raised nearly half a century ago, has re-emerged, sparked by comments on the issue from Bernie Ecclestone, president an...
ANALYSIS
Juggling lighter tax burden and fiscal targets
The Greek government is under pressure from its own backers and society in general to lighten the tax burden at the same time as international lenders are demanding ambitious fiscal targets ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Fulham striker Mitroglou set to re-join Olympiakos
Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus are set to re-sign Kostas Mitroglou on loan from English second tier club Fulham after the striker arrived in Athens for talks on Sunday. An Olympiakos spo...
SOCCER
Tough draw for Greek sides in Europa League group stage
Following Thursday nights high, when all three Greek teams competing in the Europa League made it into the group stage of the competition, a harsh reality struck Friday as they found out wh...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
A great president
I fully understand the countrys need for political stability, a necessity which makes the election of a president by the current Parliament absolutely imperative. At the same time, however,...
EDITORIAL
Dont feed the zombies
There can be no growth without resolving the issue of nonperforming business loans. However, the solution to this problem should not be based on old establishment criteria, such as political...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Excavation work at Amphipolis reveals section of marble mosaic floor
2. Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
3. Fulham striker Mitroglou set to re-join Olympiakos
4. Large fire in Crete brought under partial control
5. Prospect of Greek grand prix back on the agenda; huge investment needed
6. Juggling lighter tax burden and fiscal targets
more news
Today
This Week
1. A great president
2. Dont feed the zombies
3. Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
4. Excavation work at Amphipolis reveals section of marble mosaic floor
5. Prospect of Greek grand prix back on the agenda; huge investment needed
6. Juggling lighter tax burden and fiscal targets
Today
This Week
1. Attack on gay couple in Athens leaves one man needing surgery
2. The battle against progress
3. Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris sworn in wearing yellow star amid Golden Dawn protests
4. Strong undersea quake occurs off island of Milos, felt in Athens
5. Greek quest for debt relief faces hurdles in Paris
6. Hardouvelis, ECB executive discuss bank program, stress tests
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.