Greece votes: international reactions and possible scenarios

UPDATE:

Here’s what would probably happen if Greece really withdrew from EU and went back to the drachma (or, why Europe is nowadays unavoidable) (La Stampa, Marco Zatterin @straneuropa).

“The Commission has taken no position in the Greek political debate. There is no call to vote one way or another,” EU Economics Affairs Commissioner Moscovici told reporters on 6th January in Brussels (France TV24).

Poll conducted on 29 and 30 December shows that Syriza is still leading in public opinion poll with 30,4% of consensus while centre right party New Democracy has 27,3%. The 15,2% of Greeks are undecided. At the moment, neither Syriza nor New Democracy would secure enough votes to win an absolute majority in parliament.

Another very interesting data shows that 74% think Greece should remain within the eurozone at whatever cost.  (Reuters)

In the meantime from Berlin arrived the news that Merkel now believes Europe could effectively manage a Greek Exit.

BACKGROUND:

After the vote hold on the 29 December, former EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas has not been elected President. General election will be held on 25 January. Stock market down 3,9%. (ekathimerini.com).

IMF will only resume aid talks with Greece once a new government is in place (Reuters).

EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici in his press release said: “A strong commitment to Europe and broad support among the Greek voters and political leaders for the necessary growth-friendly reform process will be essential for Greece to thrive again within the euro area”.

Marine Le Pen (France, Front National) welcomed the results of the vote of the Greek Parliament and “the slap in the face to the EU candidate” (Front National).

Nigel Farange (UK, UKIP): “Stripped of their own currency and plunged into poverty by Brussels control, the Greek people now have a chance to take back democratic control.” (Daily Telegraph)

In the last poll, the left party Syrza, led by Alexis Tsipras would get around 144 seats. Not enough to have a clear majority. Tsipras will need to look to potential anti-austerity coalition partner. Otherwise a coalition anti Syrza, led by the centre right party New Democracy, can be another option (OpenEurope).

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