Concern for Greek reforms ahead of poll
Antonis Samaras, leader of the conservative New Democracy party, addresses an election rally in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
ATHENS. ('Financial Times'). Greece’s centre-right may be leading the polls ahead of Sunday’s general election, but even conservative loyalists are concerned they may win insufficient votes to form a stable coalition and keep economic reforms on track. “We are the party that can unblock European Union funds, slash the bureaucracy and promote growth,” Antonis Samaras, New Democracy’s leader, tells audiences around the country, citing the most frequent complaints of hard-pressed Greek businesses. Yet the size of Mr Samaras’s task should he become the next premier was revealed on Wednesday when officials close to Lucas Papademos, the outgoing technocrat premier, leaked a “to do” list for his successor containing 70 separate structural measures already agreed with the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
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