Greeks angered by a vicious and protracted financial crisis punished the parties that have dominated politics for decades Sunday, with projected election results showing them hemorrhaging support to anti-bailout groups and no party gaining enough ballots to form a government.
Last week in “Portugal’s Left Wing Forces Threaten Troika Revolt,” we highlighted the country’s Socialist Party which is enjoying a lead in the polls ahead of elections expected in October and which has pledged to implement a “reverse policy” as it relates to austerity and the country’s creditors. We argued that the ascendancy of left-wing political parties across the periphery means Europe will take an increasingly hard-line stance in negotiations with Greece. Here’s how put it:
The talks still continue but good news is on the horizon as yet another political party, the Democratic Left, has backed out of the Unity coalition.
Please consider Greece's moderate left says no government possible
The moderate Democratic Left party in Greece says it will not join pro-bailout parties in a coalition without the more radical far-left Syriza.
New Democracy is in lead with about a third of the vote counted. However, it now appears New Democracy has won, but it's also possible that no coalition with New Democracy will form. It all depends on Pasok , which has stated unwillingness to enter into a coalition with New Democracy.
From The Guardian Greek Live Election Coverage.
7.53pm: Horsetrading between the parties has begun: