As it happened: Election in Greece

Key points

  • A pro-bailout party, New Democracy, seems set for victory by a slim margin in Greece's election
  • New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras has called for a national salvation government
  • New Democracy's likely main partner, Pasok, has called for radical leftists Syriza to be included
  • Syriza came second on an anti-bailout platform and seems unlikely to join a new government
  • Germany continues to insist Greece must abide by the terms of its international bailouts
  • All times in BST (GMT: -1 hour, Greek time: +2 hours)

Live text


  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Matthew Davis 

Last updated 17 June 2012


Welcome to our live coverage of the election in Greece. Votes are still being cast in a ballot being closely watched by the rest of the eurozone and the international financial markets. Follow us for results as they roll in, analysis from correspondents, and comment from readers in Greece and abroad.


You can also watch special election coverage on the BBC News and World channels, or tune into BBC World Service.


Greece held an election only last month, of course, but the winning parties failed to agree on a new government so a repeat election was called.


Mark Lowen, BBC Athens correspondent,

reports: This is the tightest, most unpredictable and most critical election for many decades in Greece. The outcome could determine the future of the single currency. Opinion polls suggest Greeks hate austerity but they back the euro. The question today is how many more painful sacrifices are they willing to make to keep the single currency?


Even the two parties which backed the bailout terms earlier this year - the conservative New Democracy and socialist Pasok - now say they want to ease the conditions.


Stephen Evans, BBC Berlin correspondent,

reports that Germany's position is if Greece's structural reforms continue, the money keeps flowing.


It has generally been a peaceful day of voting with one exception: two grenades were reportedly found outside offices of private media group Skai near the port of Piraeus. They were found after an anonymous phone call to the group, whose outlets have backed the austerity drive.


This photo shows voters arriving at a polling station in Athens.

Voters arrive at a polling station in Athens, 17 June