Greece: Living under pressure

  • 16 May 2012
  • From the section Europe

Debt-stricken Greece is set to go to the polls again after parties failed to agree on a new government, says Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos. Here our panel of residents reflect on the latest turn of events and look to the future.

Grigorios Papadopoulos

Age: 33

Location: Athens

Profession: Technical editor at PC Magazine Greece

"I think the new left-wing party Syriza will win the election and form a government. I would welcome such a change."

Dionisis Daradanis

Age: 23

Location: Athens

Profession: Freelance journalist and part-time office employee

"Europeans fear new elections in Greece because they know what is going to happen. We Greeks don't fear the elections."

Aris Ikkos

Age: 51

Location: Palaio Falero, Athens

Profession: Consultant to the hotel and tourism industry

"The collapse of the talks is very disappointing. It's a disaster. Politicians have not lived up to the requirements of the times."

Maria McCarthy

Age: 46

Location: Volos

Profession: Mother, housewife, occasional teacher and oral examiner for the British Council.

"The austerity measures in Greece are catastrophic. There have been three suicides in my town over the last month."

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