Athens (AFP) - With Greece's snap elections on Sunday, the top two parties are neck and neck in the polls. Analysts say a full return to power for the leftist Syriza party, while still possible, is unlikely.Following are three next-day scenarios:
A week ago, fear was tangible as France's far-right Front National party won an unprecedented 2 provinces in the nation's first elections since the Paris terror attacks. With 40% of the votes, Marine Le Pen's party dominated the mainstream political parties and status quo maintainers were beginning to quake.
The question of the day, to which we all know the answer (but I want to ask the question anyway), Are the Nannycrats Afraid of Democracy?
Here is a comment someone posted on the Guardian Greek Election Blog
In the past week, as I expected, the ECB, Troika, German officials and others have all warned Greeks to not vote for Alexis Tsipras and his radical-left party Syriza. The question is will it backfire.
I suggest it already has. The pertinent question is whether it backfire enough to matter.
Please consider Greeks rail against 'crude' German editorial.
In the wake of the Greek election, one thing is clear: No party or coalition of parties is in control. More elections are coming, but will the results be any different?
In the meantime, the next disbursement of Greece bailout funds is at risk, and Greece faces being unable to meet pension, salary and debt commitments next month.
Please consider Greece braces for a repeat of elections
ATHENS: Greece was officially declared in default on Friday, injecting even more urgency into a make-or-break weekend referendum that new polls suggested was too close to call. The fund providing Greece's financial lifeline declared "an event of default by Greece". The European Financial Stability Facility added, though, that it had decided to not immediately demand repayment of its loans -- a step that analysts say could have triggered sudden "Grexit", or Greece's exit from the eurozone.
And just like that the Santa rally is over, if only in Greece where both bonds and stock are tumbling after the third vote for PM Samaras' appointed presidential appointee Stavros Dimas concluded as many had expected: in failure, with 168 Greek lawmakers voting in favor of Dimas, well short of the 180-vote threshold needed. 132 voted against Mr. Dimas. This means that the "worst case" scenario - at least as described by Goldman - is now on deck: a snap general election that could bring the anti-bailout Syriza party to power.